I Know My Odogbolu” aims to teach children about historic moments and cultural export of the local government which will also develop their emotional and social skills that they will carry for the rest of their lives.
The excursion was hosted by Hon. Ladejobi Shuaib led administration of Odogbolu local government in partnership with Detola Abike Mogaji Memorial Foundation (DAMMF), a community social support driven organization with focus on children, women, youth and vulnerable in the society.
This initiative is specifically designed for children desirous of familiarizing themselves with historic sites and scenes so they could become integrated, confident and happy about their community.
According to The Executive Chairman of Odogbolu Local Government, Hon Ladejobi Shuaib who was represented by Onabanjo’ Ayodele Abimbola, The Supervisor for Information, Education, Youth and Sport, “just as our administration have demonstrated in promoting our values and notable icons of Odogbolu LG with the artistic designs of Odogbolu Local Government secretariat fence, “I Know My Odogbolu” initiative is also one of the ways in which we can bring the younger generation closer to the history, culture and tourism sites of Odogbolu Local Government and by extension Ogun State and also key into the efforts of Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in the bid to revive, market and sustain our cultural sites, heritage of our dear state to the international world.
The Hon. Commissioner for Special Duties and also APC Ijebu Central Federal Consistency APC candidate, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo also charged parents and teachers to embrace the initiative to further educate and enrich the knowledge of their wards and also allow pupils to have practical contact with some very important places in Odogbolu Local Government and Ogun State at large.
The promoter of Detola Abike Mogaji Memorial Foundation (DAMMF) and convener of “I Know My Odogbolu” initiative, Mr. Mogaji Olatunde said,” this not just an excursion or tourism experience but an avenue of increasing the knowledge base of the children and it is expected to ignite the passion of selfless service, dignity and hard-work in the children as exemplified in the lives of the legendary Herbert Ogunde. The platform provides an opportunity for the children to have fun and also learn at the same time but in a relaxed atmosphere while also enjoying the serenity of the environment and city tour”.
Also speaking the coordinator of the initiative, Hon. Olajide Dada, “Hubert Ogunde was a legend while he was alive and in death he still lived up to the legendary status and surpassed every thespian’s dream. So, it is expedient we go back in time and nurture our kids in the way of the legend and helping them live their dreams.
One of the children who took part in the excursion, Miss Ogunniyi Jesuferanmi, speaking on behalf of his colleagues said, “We thank the Executive Chairman of Odogbolu Local Government, Hon Ladejobi Shuaib and the Detola Abike Mogaji Memorial Foundation (DAMMF) for the great opportunity. We enjoyed the narratives given to us by our Tour Guide who explained to us the life and times Hubert Ogunde on how projected the good image Odogbolu and Ogun State to world.