By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has rehabilitated and turned the Oke-Oluokun, Ibadan, home of late nationalist, Chief Adegoke Adelabu to one of the tourist sites in the state.
The move follows activities lined up to mark the 58th anniversary of his death.
The event is tagged “58 years after 1958”and public presentation of the newly rehabilitated home ( TAJ MAHAL) in honour of the late minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking through Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun Governor Abiola Ajimobi at the event explained that the move was in recognition, remembrance and celebration of the eloquent and flowery politician’s enviable academic records, exceptional writing skills, oratorical prowess and contributions to the Nigerian political landscape.
Governor Ajimobi commended the efforts of the Adegoke Adelabu foundation at immortalizing the academic and political hero emphasizing the need to ensure that our heroes past did not labour in vain.
He therefore pledged government’s commitment to promoting the site as a tourist centre by listing it officially as a site to visit in Oyo State.
According to him, “The Oyo State Government is sufficiently enthused with the development at late Chief Adegoke Adelabu’s Taj Mahal. It is our desire to partner with the family in promoting this historical monument.
“Our first step is to place it on the official list of tourist sites in the state as a mark of honour, respect and in remembrance of the late hero of the masses.”