Owo Kingdom has started the construction of a Hall of Fame.
It is being constructed inside the palace of the Olowo of Owo and sponsored by Hon Timehin Adelegbe.
It was a dream come true for Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, who had for long nurtured the interest of putting up a Hall of Fame in the town, where prominent sons and daughters of the kingdom with outstanding records in their different chosen careers in private, public and all human endeavours will be honoured.
The foundation laying event of the hall attracted indigenes from far and near, including the Regent of Ifon, in Ose Local Government Area, High Chief Joseph Awaye, Chiefs from Owo Kingdom, Chairman, Ose Local government, Hon Dennis Adekunleand APC Ose local government Chairman, Ladi Tenabe.
Other distinguished attendees were Chief Sydney Ogunleye, APC Chairman in Owo, Hon Sola Oluyede, Member Ondo House of Assembly, Councillors, Women Leaders from both Owo and Ose LGS among others.
In his welcome address, sponsor of the project, Hon Timehin Adelegbe, told the gathering that as representative of the people, it was imperative for him to embark on projects and empowerment programmes that would benefit the people, saying many of these he had done.
He promised not to abandon any of the ongoing projects as they would be completed on or before the end of the year.
The Honourable said the Hall of Fame whose foundation was laid, has a completion deadline of three months.
He thanked the people of the Federal Constituency for their support and confidence in the present government in the State and enjoined them to sustain the support.
Oba Ogunoye who said his joy knew no bounds as the project was his long time dream ever before he became king, expressed appreciation to the sponsor for making his dream come true.
He disclosed that every one, irrespective of sex, social, political and religious affiliation, who project the image of the kingdom positively, would be remembered for such achievements and their names and photographs would be written and boldly displayed in the hall for posterity and tourist attraction.
Oba Ogunoye said the first three recipients of the Hall are late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of old Ondo State, late Rev. Canon Jide Fagboyegun, the first Industrialist in the kingdom and incumbent governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The oba appealed to indigenes of Owo kingdom to come and assist the kingdom in whatever form so as to have their names written in gold.
In his closing remarks, the Governor Akeredolu, who was ably represented by his Chief Of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, appreciated the sponsor of the project for his undoubted loyalty to the governor, which he described as inestimable.
He equally congratulated Oba Ogunoye for his dream that was becoming a reality.
The governor noted that the project was important to the State Government, as it would serve as a long time solution to unwholesome tendencies of the youths, as many of them having seen how people with good records are recognized, will change their negative attitude and thereafter will be jostling to have their names displayed in the Hall.