Osemawe Inaugurates Youth Empowerment Foundation, Honours Osemawe Palace Forum Members

The Osemawe and paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Ademefun Kiladejo, CFR, Jilo III, on Sunday 15th of May, 2022 officially inaugurated Osemawe Youth Empowerment Foundation (OYEF). 

The inauguration of the Board of Trustee of the Foundation which took place at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, during a Royal Fellowship with members of Osemawe Palace Forum(OPF).

The following illustrious Ondo indigenes were selected as members of the Board of Trustees:

1. Mr Richard Ayodele Akintunde, SAN – Chairman

2. Otunba Felix Oseyemi Oladunjoye, FCA – Member

3. Barrister Olanubi Oyebusola Enitan- Member 

4. Prof. Augustina Nireti Duyilemi – Member

5. Dr. Nelson Osungbemiro – Member

6. Chief Wole Benson – Member

7. Otunba Dr. Seyi Roberts – Member

8. Dr. Similade Kiladejo – Member.


The following are terms of reference:

1.Board of Trustees to provide, advise the Osemawe and his Council on youth related issues.

2.They are to provide and ensure an important forum for identifying municipal – wide issues and opportunities, while advising Osemawe and his council on effective policy direction and service provision regarding young people within the Ondo Kingdom.

3. They are to source and provide opportunities for young people to develop appropriate skills inclusive of leadership skills for development.

4. The Board of Trustees should engage Local, National and International organizations to provide adequate education/ sponsorship for young people within the kingdom.

5. They are to guide the development of the community through social research initiative and thus respond to community needs.

6. Establish youth development strategy in a three year plan of action.

7. Encourage volunteering activities to create active, confident and resilient communities.

8. Promote intergenerational activities and spaces.

Furthermore, His Imperial Majesty advice on the need to set up four sub-committees to support the Board of Trustees in carrying out their Terms of Reference in a more detailed approach built on development consensus within  Ondo Kingdom. The sub-committees are:

1. Finance and Investment  sub-committee.                   

2. Plans and Logistics sub-committee.                  

3. Motivational / Counseling  sub-committee.

4. Education and Skills Development Committee.

Also, the glamorous evening witnessed the presentation of awards by His Imperial Majesty to members of Osemawe Palace Forum and those who contributed towards the renovation and remodelling of the Osemawe Palace.

Members of the Osemawe Palace Forum led by their Chairman, Elder Abimbola Oladapo treated guests to a nice evening while the OPF Chairman equally used the opportunity to avail guests of the efforts taken so far by the OPF to uplift Ondo Kingdom. 

In His speech, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr. Victor Ademefun Kiladejo, CFR  appreciated the OPF members for the extensive renovation of the Osemawe’s Palace. Also, he charged the newly inaugurated BOT members of the Osemawe Youth Empowerment Foundation to try all their best to put the average Ondo Youth on an enviable global pedestal. His Imperial Majesty used the occasion to appreciate Dr. Mrs Dere Awosika, Chairman Access Bank PLC for her commitment and anticipated support to the Osemawe Youth Empowerment Foundation.

The evening also witnessed presentation on “Potentials of Agribusiness in Ondo Kingdom” by Mr Dickson Orisamuyiwa.

Dr. Femi Akinkuebi, CEO of Ore Industrial Park made a presentation on the upcoming Ondo Development & Economic Summit which is expected to culminate into the establishment of Ondo City Industrial Park and Eki Digital Hub.

Comrade Kenneth Adegeye, the Coordinator, Ondo Ekimogun Youths Congress(OEYC), the umbrella body of all youths fora in the kingdom, in his speech expressed his  appreciation to Kabiyesi Abaiye, for his unrelenting efforts in ensuring that youths in Ondo Kingdom are gainfully engaged in different capacities so as to develop them for the greater good of the society. Prominent Ondo sons and daughters present at the occasion emphasized the need to support OEYC at all times to enable them achieve their set objectives.

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