The Ogun State Government, has celebrated two illustrious indigenes of the state, world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua and President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina,
Joshua, who last weekend successfully defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight World Boxing title, against Carlos Takam and Adesina, who recently received the World Food Prize Laurel, have been described as prides to the state.
Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, addressing news men after a state Executive Council meeting, held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that the state has produced many notable citizens, who are making it proud in different parts and fields round the world.
Onanuga, who led the Ogun state’s entourage to the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, United Kingdom, to watch the boxing tournament live, said Joshua, “is so passionate about what he does and he is a professional boxer to the core.”
She said the state is very proud of his sterling achievements and particularly excited, over his recent retention of his world boxing title.
Onanuga, while also expressing the state government’s delight over the conferment of the World Food Price Laurel on Adesina in Iowa, United States, hailed the former Minister of Agriculture’s commitment to the development of agriculture and youth empowerment.
Adesina, she added, has contributed immensely to agricultural development and put in a lot of effort to ensure food sufficiency.
The state, according to her, will continue to celebrate indigenes, who are excelling in all fields of human endeavour worldwide.
Also addressing news men, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa disclosed that Joshua has said he would come to Nigeria soon, to identify with his root.
“The Ogun State government will continue to identify with, encourage and support every indigene, especially the teeming youths towards their goals”, he added.