July 14, 2024

Yoruba Week: Sanwo-Olu’s Administration Writes Lagos Assembly

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– Sets date for celebration

– Assembly holds a minute silence for late Ezeife

A letter from the executive arm of the Lagos State government to the state House of Assembly has announced a decision to set the last week of September every year for the celebration of the Yoruba culture.

The decision of the government followed a resolution passed by the Lagos Assembly at a sitting held on September 19, 2023.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who signed the letter dated April 8, 2024, told the lawmakers that the state would start the plan ahead of the celebration.

“Sequel to the resolution of the House at its plenary of Tuesday, 19th September, 2023, on the activation of Yoruba cultural heritage and a special day to be assigned as Yoruba day, I have the directive to officially convey Mr. Governor’s approval for the last week of September as Yoruba Week,” a part of the letter, which was read by the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko, stated.

Commending Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his cabinet for the decision, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, described it as a good development.

He described the Yoruba culture and heritage as very important just as he stressed the need for its preservation.

The Speaker said the House is ready to support the executive to ensure the success of the planned Yoruba Week.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday held a minute silence in honour of the late former Governor of old Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, who was buried recently while the House was on recess.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa described the late politician as a pan-Nigerian who supported the Yorubas and the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) especially during the dark days of military reign and following the struggle for Chief MKO Abiola.

“We remember how he proudly stepped down for Olu Falae back then in 1999,” Dr. Obasa said.

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