The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has been described as a most forthright and progressive Nigerian Traditional Ruler and Community leader who identifies with his people’s aspirations and projections.
Speaking at the investiture of the Alake as the Patron of the FUNAAB Alumni Association on Sunday, 14th January 2018, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Barr Aboki Zhawa, said that Oba Adedotun Gbadebo had also always identified with every progress and growth as well as being a major part of solution to a every problem arising out of the Institution.
The Pro Chancelor commended the Alumni Association for the best choice of the Alake as their Patron as they stood to benefit more from the wealth of experience of the Egba Monarch who was a committed father of FUNAAB.
The President and the Alumni Association, Mr Olusola Tobun, said that the Association’s choice of the Alake as the Patron was informed by the Monarch’s sustainable love for FUNAAB and its products as well as being always on hand to ensure peace, progress and academic excellence.
Mr Tobun disclosed that Alake’s choice was the best thing to happen to the Association since foundation because of his fatherly and positive roles in the growth and development of their Alma Mater.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo described the FUNAAB as “Omo to a tin reti.” ” the long awaited favourite child.”
The Alake recalled that Abeokuta lost the location of the first Nigerian University in 1948 to Ibadan due to some misunderstanding on detail status of the institution.
The Alake further disclosed that Egbaland had left no stone unturned to have a replacement and commended his predecessors for relentlessly pursuing the cause until the birth of FUNAAB, which he named “Omo Ti A Ti Nreti. ” “The Favourite Child We Have Been Expecting.”
He said he was not surprised that FUNAAB was ranked the Second Best In Nigeria, adding that the products of Institution were among the best anywhere and this was exampled by the quality of the Alumni Association members.
Oba Gbadebo urged the Alumni Association to key into the projects of the University as they were its ambassadors.
He thanked the Association for the Honour, promising to sustain his material, moral and emotional support and prayed that FUNAAB would soon be Number One among its peers in the country.
The Alake was accompanied to the ceremony by some Egba Obas including the Olu Odeda, the Onijaye Titun, the Olu Okeodo Ilupeju as well as some Egba High Chiefs- the AgbaAkin Rasheed Raji, Aare Abiola Salau and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.