The Osun State Government has announced a comprehensive plan for the state’s secondary school students to study Ifa as one of their subjects.
The state Governor, Ogbeni Raufu Aregbesola, said the schools’ computer tablet had application for Ifa studies.
made the relevation yesterday during the special prayers session to
usher in the New Year, organized with clerics from all religions praying
for the peace and growth of the state.
Clerics who offered
special prayers for the state included the President General, League of
Imams and Alfas in the South-West, Alhaji Mustapha Ajisafe; the
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state,
Evangelist Abraham Aladeseye; and frontline Ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi
Elebuibon, among others.
The special prayer affected official
functions in the state secretariat and other government offices, as top
civil servants across all parastatal agencies graced the occasion held
in the premises of the Bola Ige House, state secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.
of Osogbo Diocese of the Methodist Church, Bishop John Bamigboye,
advised the government to compensate those whose property were
demolished as a result of the ongoing road dualization in the state.
enjoined the government to return Christian and Islamic Religious
Studies to all primary and secondary schools in the state.
Aregbesola, in his remarks at the ceremony, declared that 2013 would be
a year of total freedom for the state, stressing that the year would be
for the people of the state a year of total turn-around and liberty.
to the governor, the government’s major desire for the state in 2013 is
to ensure the fulfillment of the desires of the state’s founding
fathers, stressing: “Osun State will be freed in 2013 from hunger,
mystery, poverty and under-development.”
He said his government
has paid over N600 million as compensation to owners of demolished
structures, even as he assured that those who were yet to receive their
compensation would get theirs soon.
Aregbesola also disclosed
that his government had returned religious studies to all public primary
and secondary schools in the state, adding that the free computer
tablet tagged ‘opon Imon’, which the government would present to
secondary school students had an application for Ifa studies.
also prayed for peace and development of the state in 2013 and urged all
the people to support his government and the country with prayers,
saying: “Nigeria needs prayers for an end to come to the security
problem confronting the northern part of the country.”
added that his desire for the year was to make the state the envy of
other states in the country, saying he had come to the state to do the
works of God.