The Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun as reiterated its administration’s commitment to transform Alternate Medicine practice into a world class standard, as part of efforts to further meet health challenges of the people especially those at the grassroots.
Governor Abiodun gave the assurance at a special prayer organized in his honour by the Ijo Babalawo and Onifas in the state to mark his 61st birthday and second year anniversary in office for the governor, held at the June 12 Cultural Center Kuto Abeokuta.
He said the present administration in the State has put in place policies and programmes that would ensure that the sub-sector develops to world class standard.
The Governor, represented by the Chairman Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, commended the gesture and ingenuity of the Traditional healers under the aegis of Ijo Babalawo and Onifas in Ogun State for their support for the present administration in the state, assuring them that their request will be tabled before the governor.
He charged them to always take their practice serious and make sure that they register and validate all their necessary documents with the board in order for them to enjoy Government support.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the governor on Health, Dr. Ololade Lawal, while appreciating the Babalawos and Onifas in the State, stated that the present administration in the state will not relent in its effort at providing necessary support for them at all times, adding that Government has realized the significant opportunities that abound in the use of alternate medicine as well its patronages by the people.
On his part, the Oluwo Ifa of Ogun State, Chief Aregbesola Anipupo who led the prayer session said Governor Dapo Abiodun deserves more than this from the practitioners of Alternate Medicine in the state and they are always willing to do more and be part of government activities from time to time, equally appealing to the governor to grant them the long agitating Isese public holiday.
Chief Anipupo acknowledged the giant strides of the governor in the State, adding that the unity and peaceful coexistence among different religious groups has remained appreciated, especially the balanced manner in which the government involves in religious matters, adding, “we are very proud to be associated with Prince Dapo Abiodun.”
His words, “Governor Dapo Abiodun has elevated us and our jobs in the State and we can now compete favourably with our colleagues in other southwest states on Alternate Medicine practices. This the first time in the history of the State and we have nothing to offer him than our loyalty and prayers because nothing is above prayer, we are also begging the governor to declare August 22 as Isese holiday date just like they have done in others SouthWest States.”