It was the usual carnival atmosphere as Oriade Local
Government area was last Saturday taken by storm for the 12th edition
of the Walk-To-Live fitness exercise, an initiative of the present
This month’s edition of the exercise was not without colourful
drumming and singing by the participants who trooped out in large
numbers from within and outside Oriade local government to participate
in the fitness exercise.
To ensure that the exercise was peaceful as ever before,
security agents ranging from the police, Civil defence, the army, road
safety corps among others were on hand to ensure adequate protection
of lives and properties.
Beginning from Ilo-Ijesa in Oriade Local government of the state, the six kilometer road walk took the mammoth crowd led by the Governor to Ijebu- Ijesa and terminated at Obande Grammar school where a round of body fitness exercise was held for about thirty minutes.
Addressing the mammoth gathering at the playing ground of Obande Grammar School, Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who noted that the event was not a political jamboree or campaign said that the purpose was to constantly remind the people that the body must be taken care of so as to live long.
Ogbeni Aregbesola who recommended regular physical fitness exercise to the citizens added that the best form of protecting oneself against diseases is by keeping the body fit and by living in an healthy and clean environment. While tasking the people on their security responsibility, the Governor encouraged them to report vandalism of public utilities to their traditional heads and security agencies, describing vandals of public properties as enemies of progress adding that the people must be vigilant at all times.
The state’s helmsman then reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring and promoting healthy living among the people of the State, stressing that those who take part in the exercise will always have good experience to share in terms of body fitness. Speaking at the event, a former senator of Lagos State, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora who was also part of the walk described the ‘Walk-To-Live’ programme as one necessity which all and sundry require to be able to live a healthy and long lasting life.
While acknowledging the large turn out of the people in the area, Senator Mamora said that it is a reassurance that the people are in full support of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration. Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Oriade Local Government, Mr Taiwo Fatiregun expressed the support of the people in the council area to the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola.
Highlights of the occasion include cultural displays, Ewi rendition, Horse ride among other interesting side attractions.
Present at the Walk-To-Live exercise include the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mushood Adeoti, members of the state
Assembly, all cabinet members, Executive Secretaries, Royal fathers among others.
culled from OSUN DEFENDER