Question: Your Royal Majesty Sir, your subjects home and abroad, are looking forward towards your coronation expected to come up on December29, what arrangement has been put in place in ensuring a successful ceremony?
Answer: I am happy that everybody to the last man and woman in this kingdom and elsewhere is agog with just the mention of the coronation. In order to ensure that the ceremony go as expected, A coronation committee and many subcommittees composed of people of notable status, have been put in place and they are all seriously at work. Given the quality of their attendant success is assured.
Question: You have been on the throne now for about two years. What are some of the problem you have encountered and how have you been able to address them?
Answer: I cannot say that problems have been encountered. However we have been faced with challenges here and there; challenges which are inevitable in the normal run of things in the present day Nigeria. These are political crisis which thank Goodness, have been within manageable proportions
There has been chieftaincy wrangling which with careful and prompt intervention has not been allowed to go out of hand. There are also security and huge unemployment issues, which are rampant elsewhere. With regards to the security challenges, committees involving the people, the chiefs and law enforcement agencies have been set up to curb the menace, to this end there have been success stories, we are now working towards establishing Ondo Kingdom Security Trust Fund. Through which corporate bodies, institutions and individuals can contribute regularly to a pool of funds for the maintenance of our security.
Question: Most people in the town has expressed their satisfaction over the recent celebration of the Ogun festival particularly on the pledge of the Ondo State government to elevate this festival to an international standard like Osun Oshogbo Festival. What step are you taking in ensuring that the promise of the government becomes a reality
Answer: It is heartwarming that most people have expressed their satisfaction over the recent celebration of Ogun festival. The point is that Ondo state government equitably gave financial support to the organizers of major festivals in Ondo, Ile-Oluji, Idanre and Owo to organize their festival this year in order to decide which to promote to international standards. The Ondo part of the Fund was released to the organizers who ensure the success of the cultural festival. We have therefore done our best: The choice is left for the Government to make its choice of which programme to promote to the international status.
Question: The world has turned into a global village and since Ondo Kingdom is not in isolation, what do you think Ondo Kingdom can do in order to take participate in the international affairs?
Answer: We have very exquisite and strong culture. As everybody can see and even with the highly successful Ogun festival that was done last, the development of our culture which is vibrating all over the world, will catapult the kingdom into international recognition.
Aside of this we already have a crop of worthy intelligence, of international reputation in medicine, engineering, science, law name it who have made and are still making monumental contributions to human development. What with the Akinkugbes (sciences) the Fawehinmi (Law) the Sunny Ades (music) and others whose achievement can be felt in all corners of the globe. What is more we have many and upcoming young men and women that will continue with the mantle. We are all therefore doing our best to encourage talent, growth and development.
Question: The Wesley University Science and Technology Ondo (WUSTO) have just appointed you as it s pioneer chancellor, what is your vision for the university?
Answer: First,I which to thank the university authority for making their pioneer chancellor of the university.
Secondly, it must be clearly understood that the chancellor, whose roles are advisory and ceremonial, He is not the university visionary agency. The board of trustee(BOT),the policy formulating organ and the governing council are traditional imbibed with such comtement.However,what ever vision I may have as a matter of indulgence may pass through my privilege advice from time time
Question: The ODC is playing significant role in the development of Ondo Kingdom, what is your advice for those piloting its affair and the people of the town in ensuring its success?
Answer: having invested so much of their time, energy, money, their God given endowments, in the course of development they have been so assiduously pursuing over the years, which happily have been showing great success, they should not relent. They should continue with much vigour and dedication. Unexplored horizons and unploughed grounds must now be attended to. They should open more lines of communication with the people in order that they appreciate what they are doing and carry them along more effectively. Our progress-loving people are enjoined to continue to give these men and women of valour their prayers and support.