The Postmaster General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, on Friday expressed optimism that the newly installed Olubadan, Dr. Olalekan Balogun, will be a catalyst to accelerated development in the ancient city as well as Oyo State in general.
Adewusi, while congratulating the monarch his coronation, described Oba Balogun as a man deeply rooted in the culture of his people, adding that his exploits as an academic, politician and businessman would assist to provide leadership in the traditional way.
“It is a very auspicious occasion to have a man of Dr. Olalekan Balogun ascend the throne of his forefathers at this time of our history.
“The Olubadan, as I have come to know him over the decades has been a man of immense means in scholarship, culture and politics. Even with his extensive and very successful academic careers, he has not failed to be very rooted among his people.
“These qualities stand him in very good stead to be a special gift to Ibadan in particular and Oyo State in general at this time of our history,” he said.
Adewusi also congratulatd the entire sons, daughters and residents of Ibadan for the installation of Oba Balogun.
He expressed optimism that his reign shall bring forth prosperity and development.
The Postmaster General of the Federation also congratulated Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for ensuring peaceful emergence of the new Olubadan, which culminated in his coronation ceremony of Friday.
Oba Balogun Alli, Okunmade II, was presented with his staff of office at Mapo Hall, Ibadan,on Friday, by Governor Seyi Makinde amidst jubilant residents.