BREAKING: Osun governor bows to pressure, sets up design competition for fresh state logo

The governor of Osun state, Ademola Adeleke of Osun has bowed to pressure and set up competition between April 19th and 26th.

Recall that the Governor on Wednesday, assented to a bill for the change of the Osun State logo.

Adeleke described the new logo as “a signal of rebirth” for the state, saying it is an honour to introduce the new symbol.

The new logo is also an educational resource material for our younger generation as it contains symbols of our landmarks, strengths, resources and history,”

“The logo is also a tool to market the state at home and abroad.”

In March, Adeleke had written to the Osun assembly, requesting approval for the change of the state’s logo.

Subsequently, the house of assembly granted Adeleke’s request, replacing the logo initiated by the Rauf Aregbesola administration in 2011, with a new one.

After the new logo was released, some Nigerians, including indigenes of Osun as well as opposition parties, faulted the quality of the design.

Chairman of the Osun State APM,  Wale Adebayo, described the development as unimpressive.

In a statement on Wednesday, Adebayo said,  “We at the APM  align with the critical mass of the state to say we are not impressed with the new logo project. It’s simply a waste of taxpayers’ money

“The people need leadership that can transform their lives and concerns, provide employment opportunities for them and not logo. What has the administration given to the masses since it was sworn in? Absolutely nothing.

“People need the leadership of the state to solve their problems. The quality of leadership, the contentment of your citizens and the level of security in your state is what should matter.”

Reacting to the development, the state government said Adeleke will unveil the three-dimensional version of the new logo during ‘Ipade Imole’, a stakeholders’ meeting, on April 30, 2024.

“Kindly note that what was shared below is a specimen. The 3D version carefully carved out with solidity and clarity will be unveiled by Governor Ademola Adeleke during the next Ipade Imole on April 30th, 2024,” the state government said.

In another statement released by Rasheed on Thursday, it was noted that those submitting a design are to take into account the prototype logo in terms of its contents and style.

“The submission is to be made to the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment.

“The best design to be announced on April 28 is to be finally, fully unveiled on April 30th during the new edition of Ipade Imole,” the statement added.

In July 2023, the Osun assembly repealed the law validating the public use of the state’s anthem, crest and flag.

The Osun State Anthem, Crest and Flag Law 2012 was instituted during the Aregbesola administration.

Aregbesola had also announced the renaming of Osun state as ‘State of Osun’.

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