Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun on Sunday said the state government will still immortalize the late Yoruba icon, broadcaster, poet, author, and administrator, Pa Adebayo Faleti.
The Commissioner dropped this hint while speaking at Salem Baptist Church, Yemetu Aladorin, Ibadan, venue of the outing service organised by the family of the late poet.
According to Mr Arulogun, as at present, no fewer than seven options are with the state government on the best way to immortalise the late Pa Faleti and that before the end of the year, Oyo state government will make public the best of the options that befits the status of Pa Faleti.
“We are in the middle of our decision making process and a few options have been placed before the government and certainly our final decision will be out shortly. There is no need for anybody to remind us and there is no need for us to play games with it.
Certainly, Alagba Adebayo Faleti will be immortalised by the Oyo state government. We have about seven options and we are looking at deciding on the one that is most befitting.
Of course, you know the things that influence government decisions, certainly between now and end of the year, government decisions on the issue will be made public.” he said.
The Commissioner stressed that “the government’s presence at the outing service is in fulfilment of its promise to stand by the family of the late Pa Faleti so as to ensure his legacies are preserved.” saying, “ I think the family has encouraged themselves. Baba died at a very ripe old age and he even left very good legacies.”
“With the government represented at this thanksgiving, it is a show of our support for the family.
First of all, when Baba passed on, government made a pronouncement about the man himself in terms of his contributions, in terms of being a worthy ambassador of Oyo state.
We promised that we will stand by them and throughout the burial we stood by them and now that they are doing the outing service we are still with them and we will always be with them. Baba was a flagship in terms of culture, in terms of broadcasting, in terms of Yoruba language in Oyo state. So we cannot let him die even after he is gone”
The Senior Pastor of the Church, Rev. David Temitope Hambolu in his sermon urged the Pa Faleti family members to be grateful to God for the kind of life their patriarch lived, saying, “the family should remain grateful to God because Baba lived a successful christian life in the latter part of his life. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and saviour and so it is expected that we will rejoice and celebrate such a man.”
“So they too should prepare themselves to accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, lead a holy life until the resurrection morning so that they will be able to see baba again on the resurrection morning. That is my advise for them.”he said.
The service was attended by members of the immediate family, friends, colleagues and benefactors of the deceased including a former governor of old Oyo state, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, former commissioner of Information, Alhaji Gboyega Arulogun, a popular gospel musician Lady Evangelist Bola Are, Zonal Director, NTA Ibadan Network Centre
The late Yoruba icon died, July 23 at the age of 95 and was buried, September 8.2017.