CCII takes Ibadan Festival torch on nationwide tours

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THE Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) has rolled plans to make the 2014 Ibadan festival a successful outing. The chairman of 2014 planning committee and Balogun, Baamero of Ibadanland, Dr Ademola Moradeyo who made the disclosure at the unveiling and lightning of festival torch called sons and daughters of Ibadanland to rally support for the development through the yearly fiesta.

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According to Moradeyo, “our resolve to make the 2014 edition a grand event informs the theme of this year’s festival, ‘Sustaining the Best’. “We are all challenged to start contributing our best to the development of our fatherland in all ramifications that demand social, economical, cultural and structural efforts. “This year’s celebration of the Ibadan Festival is going to be a unique event with the addition of innovations, such as the lighting of the first festival torch and showcasing of different carnival floats of Ibadan warlords in the history during the grand finale on November 22, 2014 at Liberty Obafemi Awolowo Sports Complex, former Liberty stadium, Ibadan.

Speaking during the unveiling of the festival’s logo, the chairman of the occasion and governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Seyi Makinde, beckoned on all and sundry to rally support for the success of the festival as he unveiled the festival’s logo with N1 million.

Makinde explained that the quest to sustain the best, sons and daughters of Ibadan must create and install the best to boost the development of Ibadan.

According to him, “Sustaining the best has no boundary. It has nothing to do with age, religion or political affiliation but the only thing that is required is service delivery and passion to sustain our lineage.

“I want to assure you that in our life time, we will take the logo of Ibadan Festival to Aso Rock.”

Makinde, who before the preparation of the 2014 Ibadan Festival renovated the Ibadan House at oke Aremo, promised to illuminate the surrounding of the Ibadan House as a parting gift to the CCII president before the end of his tenure.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), ChiefBayo Oyero commended the Makinde for giving the Ibadan House a face lift and prayed that he will continue to prosper in his chosen career.

While thanking the 2013 committee for their immense efforts, he also lauded the innovations injected in the 2014 edition to make it a grand outing.

“I want to assure you that the innovations in this year’s edition (introduction of festival torch and unveiling of logo) are a calculated attempt to take the rave of Ibadan Festival to other states in Nigeria.”

On the proposed creation of Ibadan State, the CCII Chairman said the process is still on and effort is at advance stage, but implored sons and daughters of Ibadanland to be rest assured that it would come to reality even when the it has to undergo some cumbersome procedures.

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