Palmadex boss honoured for awarding scholarships
MD/CEO of Palmadex Group, Dr. Benard Adedotun Omoyeni, has been awarded the Okarufe Meritorious Service Award, by His Royal Majesty the Olubaka of Oka Land, Oba Dr. Yusuf Adebori Adeleye OON.
Omoyeni was among the list of dignitaries honoured with the award during the Oka Day festival celebration in August.
The award is in recognition of his service to the development of Oka Land. The award came at a time that the recognition is judged to be well deserving, given the roles he has been playing in the socio economic development of his community.
He was recognised for the scholarship his foundation, ‘The Julius Omoyeni Foundation for Educational Development’ (JOFEDEV) has been giving to Oka students since 2017.
Given this award, Palmadex has again been recognised the umpteenth time this year for its contribution to the socio-economic development of the nation.
In the speech, HRM Oba Dr. Yusuf Adebori Adeleye, said Omoyeni was recognised for his commitment and tireless sacrifice to the educational development of Oka land.
The Kabiyesi recalled that “the year 2017 when the Julius Omoyeni Foundation for Educational Development was inaugurated, incidentally, he was there to perform the inauguration and has watched the foundation maintained the quality of its operation by sustaining the scholarship he has been giving to students from Oka land. Annually over 30 students enjoy that scholarship for the 7th year running.
“This is considered a feat that needs to be recognised given the impact of that on the socio-economic development of the land. Educate a person you have empowered a society.
“So for that singular act of sacrifice and giving back to the community, the MD/CEO of Palmadex, Dr Bernard Omoyeni, was recognised,” he added.
He added, “Oka Day Festival is an annual festival that holds on the first Saturday of August, aggregating all the sons and daughters of Oka from all walks of life, both locally and in diaspora. They come home to celebrate the advent of New Yam being the symbol of the occupation of the people, as farmers, they celebrate the harvest of the New Yam.
“This underscores the importance placed on dignity of labour. And therefore it serves as an occasion for the sons and daughters of Oka land to come together to discuss the path forward in advancing the course of the land bringing about the socioeconomic development of Oka land.”
In his response, Omoyeni expressed his gratitude to God the planning committee, and to HRM Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye for counting him worthy for the award for recognizing his modest contribution to the educational development of Oka land, and by extension socio-economic emancipation of the people.
He said, “It’s an award that is so much cherished and will act as booster to do more. I commend the role HRM has played in supporting the Julius Omoyeni Foundation for Educational Development by achieving its set objectives.
“So, it is an event that again repositions the operations of Palmadex as a company of choice given its corporate social responsibility in giving back to the society, making his footprints, establishing the statements that as a company, they are responsible and always willing to give back to the society, contributing its own quota to the socio-economic development of Nigeria as a whole”
Among the list of dignitaries that were recognized are His Eminence Most Reverend ( Dr.) Jude Ayodeji Arogundade, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Senator (Prof) Borrofice Ajayi OON, General (Dr.) Jones Arowobofa CFR, the former chief of staff to the former president Goodluck Jonathan, and Prof Deji Gbore, the Vice Chancellor of Sam Maris University, Akugba Akoko.
Others include Victor Ologunaye, founder of Dekure Foundation. ROD Dawodu, Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adejere Adeogun, Member House of Representative, Hon. Akogun Olugbenga Omole among other dignitaries honoured
In the list were 39 dignitaries that were honoured with the award in different categories.
In that event, the Government of Ondo state, members of the House of Assembly, and political bigwigs both at national, state and local levels were all in attendance.