The Senate on Thursday adopted a motion asking the Federal Government to immortalize the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana by naming a national or state monument after him as a mark of honour.
The Senate also resolved to send a delegation to condole the family, people and government of Oyo State over the death of the monarch.
The resolutions were sequel to a motion titled “Demise of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1”, sponsored by Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi and 16 others.
Akanbi, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District in his lead debate, noted with sadness and great sense of loss, the demise of Olubadan.
Oba Odulana passed away on the 18th of this month in Ibadan at the ripe old age of 101.
Giving a brief citation of the deceased’s biography, the senator said Oba Odulana was born on April 14, 1914 into Ladunni family compound, at Oja-Igbo Ibadan, Oyo State and attended St. Andrew’s school, Bamigbola in the present Lagelu local government area of the state.
He noted that the Oba Odulana was transferred to St. Peter’s School, Aremo in January 1929 and completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in December 1936 before proceeding to various institutions to strengthen his education via correspondence college, a trend that was common at the time.
Akanbi further stated that the deceased had a brief stint with the United African Company as a produce clerk before taking up teaching at the Church Missionary Society Elementary School, Jago in the present Ona Ara local government area in 1938.
He said Oba Odulana’s journey to the throne started with his appointment as the Mogaji (Head) of his Ladunni family compound, at Oja-Igbo in 1972 and became the Jagun-Olubadan Land in 1976.
He said the Oba earned an exemplary character award as a result of his hard work and patriotism.