The convening of political , religious and traditional big wigs in the state and beyond at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, sent out the signal that something unusual was about to take place.
Yes, something big was to take place. The epoch Mini Conference to discuss the way forward for the country and presentation of a Yoruba agenda at the National Conference being convened by the Federal Government.
The distinguished personalities were former Secretary to the Federal Government , Chief Olu Falae, Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd), former NADECO Chieftain, Dr Amos Akingba, a retired Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev. Bolanle Gbonigi, the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi and Vice – Chancellor , Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Professor
Others are literary giant, Professor Kole Omotosho, Professor Ladipo Adamolekun, Professor Niyi Akinnaso, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Dr Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the
Alayede of Ayede-Ogbese, Oba (Prof) Peter Oluyede, among others.
Representatives of the executive, legislature, judiciary, religious and traditional
institution , as well as the labour movement and civil society organizations from within and outside the state, were also present.
Welcoming guests and declaring open the historic event, Governor Olusegun Mimiko commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his bold and momentous move in convening the National Conference , as well as his focused leadership which has demonstrated compliance with agitations to have Nigerians debate their
He equally congratulated Nigerians for having their dream of coming together to dialogue how they should be governed come into reality,
lamenting that over fifty years of existence as a politically independent country, the country could only rely on its Constitution to govern her people.
The Governor noted that the idea of President Jonathan to allow Nigerians discuss is therefore a right step in the right direction,
adding that the platform would help the people dialogue and evolve a workable agreement geared towards the self-expression of its socially and culturally diverse people, within
a nation state that reflects their desires.
According to Mimiko, the government and the entire people of Ondo State were in support of the National Conference initiated by President
Goodluck Jonathan, saying Ondo State would fully participate and also encourage all Yoruba groups and leaders to equally participate .
Stating that the issues to be discussed at the Mini Conference were germane, the Governor noted that they would go a long way in
helping Ondo State fashion out the state position paper at the coming National Conference.
Earlier in his opening address , Chairman of the
Conference and Secretary to Ondo State Government, Dr Aderotimi
Adelola, commended Governor Olusegun Mimiko for his commitment to the course of the country. He said about 50 participants would brainstorm for 3-days through
a committee system and present a report which would be fined tuned bythe mini-confab’s secretariat.
Some of the issues to be discussed include; whether or not the 1999 constitution should be amended to accommodate reforms
or a new constitution be written, legislative lists, state and religion, role of traditional institutions, nature of the federation and a host of others.
Participants at the Ondo State Mini National Conference.
Cultural dance at the Mini Conference