The Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has re-echoed its administration commitment to transform Alternate Medicine practice into world class stander as part of effort to further meet health challenges of the people especially those at the grassroots.

Governor Abiodun gave the assurance at a special prayer organized in his honour by the Ijo Babalawo and Onifas (League of Traditionalists) in the state to mark his 61st Birthday and Second yzear anniversary in office, held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta.

He said the present administration in the State had put in place policies and programmes that would ensure that the sub-sector developed to world class standard.

The Governor, represented by the Chairman Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, commended the gesture and ingenuity of the the Traditional healers under the agis of Ijo Babalawo and Onifas in Ogun State for their support for the present administration in the state, assuring them that their request will be table before the governor.

He charged them to always take their practice serious and make sure that they register and validate all their necessary documents with the Board in order for them to enjoy Government supports.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Ololade Lawal, while appreciating the Babalawos and Onifas in the State stated that the present administration in the state will not relent in its effort at providing necessary support for them at all time adding that Government is aware of the significant opportunities that abound in the use of Alternate Medicine as well is patronages by the people.

On his part, Chief Aregbesola Anipupo, the Oluwo Ifa of Ogun State who led the prayer session said “Governor Dapo Abiodun deserves more than this from us the practitioners of Alternate Medicine in the state and we are always willing to do more and be part of government activities from time to time”.

He equally appealed to the governor to grant them the long agitating Isese public holiday.

Chief Anipupo acknowledged the giant strides of the governor in the State, adding that the Unity and peaceful coexistence among different religious groups is appreciated especially the manners at which the government is balancing his involvement in religious matters, saying that the association is very proud to be associating with Prince Dapo Abiodun.

“Governor Dapo Abiodun has elevated us and our jobs in the State and we can now work hands in hands with our colleagues in other Southwest state on Alternate Medicine practices.

“This the first time in the history of the State and we have nothing to offer the Governor than our loyalty and prayers because nothing is above prayer.

“We are also begging the governor to declare August 22 as Isese holiday date just like they have done in others South West States”.

DOLAPO JINAD
Press Officer Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board