Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said the senate has approved the sum of N250m for the rehabilitation of township roads in Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
Speaking during the final funeral outing and thanksgiving service for the late monarch of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye Oladele Saraki, who was represented, by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola, said the approval was already captured in the 2018 federal budget.
He said the approval under the Federal Government road intervention initiative was facilitated by his office as part of efforts toward ensuring the wellbeing of the people, especially at the grassroots.
Saraki gave the assurance that the senate, especially his office, would work assiduous toward ensuring that the road intervention in the area was a reality.
The Senate President described the late Ibitoye as a courageous and humble leader who would stop at nothing toward the growth, progress and development of his community.
He said late monarch was also an epitome of humility who did his best and gave adequate support to his administration when he was the governor of the state.
“During my tenure as the Governor of the State, the late Ibitoye gave his best support and assistance and was very passionate about the development of his community,” he said.
The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed at the occasion described Ibitoye as an industrious and kindhearted monarch. “He was a first class monarch with a difference, very industrious and kind hearted.
“We will surely miss his counselling and fatherly advice,” and prayed for the community and the late monarch’s family the courage and fortitude to bear his passage.
Chief Festus Awoniyi, the Acting Traditional Head of the community said the deceased possessed exemplary leadership style while his reign lasted.
He pledged that Omu Aran Council of Chiefs would strive to sustain the legacies Ibitoye left behind.
Awoniyi also disclosed that the kingmakers would commence action on the selection of a new Olomu of Omu Aran.
“After this funeral rite, the succession processes toward the selection of new Olomu would commence,” he said.
He called on both indigenes and non-indigenes in the community to continue to support the leaders in prayers toward a smooth and trouble free succession.