The National President of Yewaland Development Forum, Alhaji Ayo Adeyemi, has described a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahmon Bello, as a scholar and administrator worthy of emulation. Also, a don at the Federal University of Agriculture, Prof. Tope Popoola, said Bello had demonstrated attributes that younger people should learn from.
They stated this while speaking on a reception that the Yewa forum is planning in honour of Bello, who recently completed his tenure as the VC of UNILAG. Bello was born in Iboro in the Yewa area of Ogun State on the October 6, 1948. He had his secondary education at Egbado College, Ilaroin; the OND in Mechanical Engineering in the then Technical College, now the Polytechnic, Ibadan and a First Class B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1974.
He also holds the M.A.Sc. and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. At the event holding on February 3, at the Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Senator Kola Bajomo will deliver a lecture titled Ogun Project: Stemming Erosions of Economic and Political Agitation of the Underdeveloped West. While the Olu of Ilaro will be the Royal Father of the Day, Oba Rilwan Akiolu is expected to a hosting father.
Adeyemi said political leaders, especially from Yewaland, would also attend it. According to Popoola, Bello has done well for himself as a scholar, a son of Yewaland, a Nigerian and for humanity as a whole. He said, “Professor Rahman Bello deserves to be celebrated, based on his strides as the UNILAG VC.
We don’t have many of his type coming out of our land. Although many people have also excelled in various other fields, he stands out clearly as a role model both in terms of the educational and administrative careers and as a perfect gentleman. He had the opportunity of engaging in politics when he worked as a commissioner in Ogun State. He later went back to the university and eventually made it to the office of the VC. Yewa has not really pro-duced many people at that level.
He said Yewa people would explore the event to strengthen unity among themselves. “Yewa are a diverse people, but we are managing our diversity,” Popoola explains. “Some say Yewa and Awori are divided, but I believe this is not so. It is the anxiety of someone thinking they are being pushed into the minority that often fuels the myths.
In Yewaland are the Awori, Agatu, Egun and Anago. But we all remain one. For instance, the dialects of the Yewa and Awori people are one. We intermarry and do a lot together. So, we are managing our diversity the way every other diverse people do,” Popoola added. The programme, according to Adeyemi, would also afford the forum an opportunity to raise funds towards its development programmes.
On the activities of the Yewaland Development Forum, it is committed to values that will ensure development. Among such is the building of the Yewaland TV, encompassing Internet TV and what he calls video on demand; development of a data base for Yewa indigenes, youth and women empowerment programmes, a business directory and a production of Who-is-Who and a Hall of Fame publication. Also on the Executive of the Yewaland Development Association are Mr. Wasiu Adeniyi Fagbohun, Olusola Ibirinde, Fatogun Semiu Oladimeji, Kayode Sangoleye and Mr. Adenle Emmanuel.