The people of Igbotako Osooro in Ondo southern senatorial district of Ondo state have converged on the town to mark the 2017 edition of Utako Day.
As expected , the annual festivity which has become a veritable meeting point for Igbotako people both at home and in the Diaspora , attracted eminent dignitaries from different spheres of life.
In his welcome address, the Chairman Planning Committee of the 2017 edition of the communal celebration , Asiwaju Benson Akindeju expressed his joy and fulfilment on the success of the annual event, adding that year in year out, the great people of Utako have always come around to show their solidarity for , and their unflinching love of their soil, Igbotako.
Benson Akindeju also charged the good people of Igbotako not to relent in their gesture of showing support for causes that will advance the growth and development of Igbotako, saying that those who work to better the lot of their community shall not be forgotten in a hurry.
He also thanked the organizing committee for ensuring that a befitting ceremony is organized without any complaints about any thing whatsoever.
He however called on those whom God has endowed with resources to endeavour to show generosity particularly towards the development of Igbotako.
In his goodwill remark, the Chairman of the 2017 Utako Day, Chief Martins Oluwokan – Aga, Lisa of Osooro kingdom while congratulating the people of Igbotako for witnessing yet another celebration of Utako Day, condemned in strong terms the absence of electricity in Ikale land, noting that it is an eyesore that has festered for too long. He charged those in position of authority to expedite action on the restoration of electricity to the town so that more development projects could be attracted to the Osooro district of Ikale land.
Chief Oluwokan saluted the people of Utako for sustaining peace in their environ, stressing that without peace no development can be sustained . He therefore called on everyone to continue to support the planning and organizing committee so that subsequent Utako Day celebration can hold without hitches. He congratulated The Rebuja of Osooro, Oba Gbadebo Bajowa , praying for peace and more infrastructural development for the town during his reign.
In his remark at the occasion, Prince Dr. (Gen). Olu Bajowa, (Rtd) OFR, FSE, B.Sc (Hons) the Jagunmolu of Ikale Land implored the people to show more concern for the town , their culture and how to make Utako Day come into limelight like other communal celebrations in Nigeria. He urged sons and daughters of the town both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora to always make themselves available at all times for the development of the town. In his usual generosity , Gen . Bajowa made a worthwhile donation of one million naira at the event.
The Chief host , Hon. Mike Omogbehin tasked the people to continue to ensure that the peaceful co existence that the town enjoys in recent time continues. The Representative of Irele/Okitipupa in The House of Representative presented to the Kabiesi of Igbotako Osooro a catalogue of the projects he has been able to execute so far in his Federal constituency, stressing that his performance as peoples’ representative is laid bare for posterity to judge. Omogbehin also congratulated the people of Osooro for witnessing yet another Utako day celebration.
A delighted Rebuja of Osooro, His Royal Majesty, Oba Gbadebo Bajowa thanked the organizing committee for their contribution towards the success of the 2017 Utako Day and offered his royal blessing for the town. The Rebuja noted that from time immemorial , the positive exploits of community stakeholders put towns on global maps of reckoning, he therefore prayed that God will crown the effort of the people of the town with outstanding success in the coming year and in many years to come.
Awards of Excellence were given to eminent indigene of Igbotako who have distinguished themselves in their calling and who have been able to make worthy contribution towards the development of the town.
Among the major highlight of the event was the annual Omoso beauty competition : a traditional beauty pageantry and display by Utako maiden whose performance and gait are judged by a distinguished panel comprising entertainment impresarios. The winner of the competition this year was Miss Fanegan Abolade Debora who went home with mouth watering prizes. Other winners were Miss Fanuse Promise and Obamuyegun Abiodun Faith, who came second and third respectively.
PreQuarters making up the major Igbotako division filed out to pay homage to Kabiesi and received his royal blessing, as there were cultural dance and display. The colorful ceremony peaked with the crowning of “Omidan Omoso” and her decoration as Miss Omoso 2017.