Alake to mark 80th birthday with free health services for residents
To mark the 80th birthday anniversary of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, about 2000 residents would benefit from a free health screening programme as part of a week-long activities scheduled to hold from September 8 to 15, 2023.
Speaking at the Alake Palace, Ake Abeokuta, chairman, planning committee, Aro Egba, Chief Oluyinka Kufile, who is the Chairman of the 80th birthday planning committee, said the all-inclusive celebration will emphasise thanksgiving to God for the gift of longevity and good health for the Alake.
He said the celebration is to appreciate God for the peace, tranquillity and progress in Egbaland. Chief Kufile said the committee has come up with a week-long programme of activities for a befitting celebration.
“There would be a health screening with free drugs dispensation for 2000 people of all ages at Ake Palace from the hours of 9am to 6 pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2023,” he said.
He noted that the health screening would be performed by health personnel from the Federal Medical Centre and other health institutions in the State.
“There will also be chieftaincy investiture to recognise the contributions of eminent Egba sons and daughters and other individuals who have been good to Egbaland, Ogun State and Nigeria.
“While the above is ongoing, there will be a visit to the Daniel Akintonde School of the physically-challenged, Stella Obasanjo Orphanage Home, The Lepers’ Colony, and Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta.
“By the wishes of the celebrant for emphasis on appreciation and thanksgiving to Almighty God, there would be a Muslim prayer and a Catholic Mass to be followed with an interdenominational Church Service at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Ake.
“A major programme of interest to the celebrant is the Turning of the Sod and the foundation laying of the New Abeokuta City Hall. By Alake’s belief that in seven years, Abeokuta settlement will mark 200 years, it would be befitting for the edifice to have been completed in commemoration of Abeokuta Settlement,” Kufile said.
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