Chief Judge, Adire, Adeleke, Osun

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has directed all public servants in the state to wear Adire to work every Wednesday to promote Nigerian culture.

This was contained in a circular issued by the Osun State Head of Service, Ayanleye Aina, on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

The circular said the directive affected all categories of public servants across ministries, departments and agencies.

It also affected tertiary institutions, local governments, local development councils, and area offices.

It added: ”Consequently, every Wednesday is adopted as Adire Osun day with all accounting officers and heads of agencies expected to comply with the directive.

“Additionally, all political appointees are also expected to comply with the directive from the State Executive Council to special advisers, and other categories of appointees.”

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The circular further quoted Governor Adeleke as presenting the issue of wearing the local fabric during the last State Executive Council meeting and was unanimously approved and adopted.

Adeleke said Adire had its source from Osun State, noting that the new decision will reassert the traditional claim of the state to the Adire genre.

The governor recalled his meeting with Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, where the duo resolved to host annual Adire Day celebration.

Adeleke further announced his administration’s plan to create mini-industrial clusters to support the Adire industry and other craft sub-sectors in the state.

He said: “Our administration is working on the creation of SME industrial clusters.

“The Adire and other craft sub-sectors will be supported to grow and flourish.

“By this decision, we are determined to rebuild the Adire industry that is under threat from foreign mass producers.

“We are poised to breathe life into our culture with Osun as the cradle of the Yoruba nation.”

Governor Adeleke recalled that his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola, on July 11, 2021, directed all civil servants to wear Adire every Thursday to boost the fabric industry.

The Star



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