20 prominent indigenes inducted into hall of fame

Adi said the union had recorded many achievements, particularly in the area of education including the establishment six secondary schools in the last 50 years.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki visits President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on December 3, 2015

The Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) on Sunday inducted into its hall of fame 20 prominent indigenes and one non-indigene.

Announcing the induction, the union’s President, Alhaji AbdulHamid Adi, said the inductees were honoured for their various contributions to the development of the emirate.

According to him, the induction is aimed encouraging others to emulate the inductees.

The Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari; late General Tunde ldiagbon; former governor of the state, late retired Rear Admiral Mohammed Lawal; and a non-indigene of llorin and proprietor of Al-Hikmah University, the first private university in Kwara, Alhaji AbdulRahim Oladimeji, were the inductees.

The post-humous inductees included the 9th Emir of Ilorin, Zulukarnaini Mohammed Gambari; first Mufti of Ilorin, Sheik Muhammad Kamamaldeen, and founder of Markaz School of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Agege, Lagos, Sheikh Adam Abdullahi El-Ilori.

Others were Dr Olusola Saraki, the immediate past Waziri of Ilorin and Second Republic Senate leader; former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, retired Maj.-Gen.l Tunde Idiagabon; and former Minister of Works and Transport, retired Maj.-Gen.General Abdulkareem Adisa.

Also inducted into IEDPU's Hall of Fame were two female daughters of the emirate, a former Minister of Environment, Hajiya Halimat Tayo Alao, and a former Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Halimat Yusuf.

Responding, Alhaji Saka Onimago, the Senior Legislative Assistant to the Senate President whose father was an inductee, said the exercise was the greatest honour that could be done to any indigene of the emirate.

He gave the assurance that the honour done to the late Waziri of Ilorin will spur members of the family to contribute further to the development of the emirate.

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