Insecurity, threat to Nigeria’s tourism industry, Adenuga …as Globacom gives out ten tricycles

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Femi Adediran
Abeokuta
The Chairman of the telecommunication giant, Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga has urged government at all levels to work harmoniously and also design strategies to surmount the numerous security challenges confronting the nation.
Adenuga who spoke on Wednesday in his goodwill message at the 2019 Ojude Oba Festival, stated, “Our tourism industry can only grow in an atmosphere of peace and security of lives and property”.
In Adenuga’s view, if Nigeria is to fully harness the huge potentials in the tourism industry, the country must to be at peace.
The business tycoon who spoke through a representative, Folu Aderibigbe explained that the company was always conscious of its pact with the people of Nigeria to support, grow and develop noble causes such as Ojude Oba which, according to him had assumed international status.
He congratulated the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Dr. Sikiru Kayode Adetona for “the numerous achievements during his reign”, adding that Ijebuland was lucky to have him as a King.
Adenuga assured Nigerians of Globacom’s constant delivery of quality service and products, adding that “We are proud that the Glo brand has, in the last 16 years, transformed into a household name with innovative solutions and pocket-friendly rates that have been enabling Nigerians to breathe easy in various ways. Our products and services are second to none and ahead of the pack”.
At the well attended event, ten customers of Globacom, emerged winners of ten tricycles, popularly known as Keke Marwa, in the raffle draw event of this year’s Ojude Oba festival, held in Ijebu Ode.
The event was one of the side attractions of the Ojude Oba festival, sponsored by Globacom.
The ten lucky winners were picked at the draw conducted by the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona at the end of the colourful and boisterous age-grade and family parades complete with a durbar, masquerades and gun displays that were the main events of the festival. Over a hundred customers partook in the riffle draw.
The winners included: Isaac Olawale, Johnson Olakitan, Michael Adeniyi, Henry Olayemi , Julius Agofure and Daniel Adebambo. Others were: Kazeem Mustapha, Shola Gbilesanmi , Monsurat Sebiotimo, and Mr. Asiwaju.
Speaking to journalists after they were informed of their winning, all the winners expressed joy and excitement , some of them dancing and reeling out their plans for the vehicle they won.
While Sebiotimo, a petty trader,  said she purchased a device worth N5,000 and recharge card worth N50,000 from Glo, Olawale said he simply bought a phone for N3200 and recharge cards worth N1,800 from Gloworld, the network’s sales and service outlet in Ijebu Ode.
Olawale, a secondary school biology teacher in Ijebu Ode said he will use the tricycle for transportation. Another winner , Gbilesanmi  said she would use the vehicle to transport her goods.
On her part, Sebiotimo narrated how she almost missed her prize as she was about leaving the Awujale’s Palace square, venue of the Ojude Oba, before  the raffle draw winners were announced. Globacom said only winners at the venue qualified for the prizes.
Winner Johnson Olakitan, a building materials seller, explained that he used his last N5,000 to buy the phone that qualified him for the raffle. While winner Adeniyi Michael who works with the Centre for Grassroots Economic Empowerment ( CGEE ) got empowered himself when he purchased a with N3,000 and some recharge cards. The tricycles were provided by Globacom.
The event was generally characterised by excitement and jubilation in a carnival atmosphere. Gifts and mementoes went round and there was something for everyone.
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