Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state has described the first Governor of Osun state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke as a passionate lover of good governance and a patriot with selfless leadership attributes.
The governor spoke at the posthumous birthday of the late first governor of Osun state and the unveiling of the statutes of former governors of the state as well as the commissioning of late Isiaka Adetunji Memorial Circle, Park and Garden.
Adeleke paid tributes to both the living and late governors of Osun state, recalling with nostalgia the fond memories of his late brother whom he said laid a sustainable foundation for a new Osun state.
Commending the military and civilian governors who had governed the state in the past, Adeleke said his motivation for the memorial circle was to preserve memories of previous leaders as a collection point for Osun state leadership history.
“My vision is to preserve the fond memories of past governors among which my brother, Governor Adeleke was the pioneer occupant of the democratic leadership. I seek a point where our young ones can access details of who has governed Osun state and years of their service to the state.
“We also have a park at the circle where our people can hold meetings and relax while in the capital for one task or the other. I am preserving the good work of our leaders. My sacred responsibility is to build on the records and experiences of former leaders to further develop our state.
“While my brother was the first executive governor of the state, it has pleased God to make me the sixth state governor. With that heavy burden of leadership, I am pushed to work harder and sustain my brother’s legacy of good governance and human development.
“I must perform and I am performing. I must deliver and I’m delivering. The best way to uphold the legacy of former governors and especially my late brother, is to deliver on good governance”, the governor stated.
Accompanied by the wife of the late Adeleke who is the Commissioner for Federal Affairs and the Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal, the state governor separately commissioned the stature and the garden in presence of top officials.
The officials included: the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Kola Adewusi; the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Teslim Igbalaye; the Chief of Staff to the governor, Hon Kazeem Akinleye and members of the State Executive Council.