The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji (Aje Ogungunniso I) and the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), will on Saturday honour foremost philanthropist and former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, with an award as the ‘Outstanding Friend of Ibadan’.
The letter of notification said the award is in recognition of the ex-governor’s contribution to the education of indigent children through his free education programme and establishment of tuition-free schools, the Rochas Foundation Colleges in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Twenty five thousand indigent children, out of which 6,000 are from Oyo State and other Southwest states, have benefitted from Okorocha’s free education programme.
A statement issued on behalf of the Olubadan said the award would climax the grand finale of the 2021 Ibadan Cultural Festival Celebration at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.
The statement said: “We in Ibadan have decided to celebrate you now and outside your territory, to show you that Ibadan has created a deserved permanent place for you in her territory. You are most deserving of this honour by virtue of your establishment of the Rochas Foundation College, first at Oke Ado in Ibadan and recently at the Toll Gate, Ibadan/Lagos Expressway.”