In realisation of a new Yoruba reality, the newly elected leader, emeritus professor of History, Banji Akintoye, has announced the constitution of an “Executive Council” to steer the affairs of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural, self-determination and advocacy groups in and beyond Nigeria.
Akintoye, who spoke at a “Policy and Strategy Session for Yoruba future” in Lagos, yesterday, promised to name a 16-man “Leaders Council” soon to further help him actualise his plans for a greater Yoruba people and culture.
Aside the announcement of the executive council, another highlight of the session was formal ratification and adoption of a 52-page constitution drafted to guide the day-to-day governing of YWC.
Akintoye named the Executive Director of Centre for International Advanced Processional Studies (CIAPS), Prof. Anthony Kila, as his Secretary-General while a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Daily Times Conglomerate, Chief Tola Adeniyi, was named Communications Secretary.
Also announced by Akintoye is an Afenifere chieftain, Dr. Amos Arogundade Akingba, as Financial Secretary while the Chairman of Space FM and Afro Space TV, Otunba Deji Osibogun, was named as the Organising Secretary, among others.
While promising to expand the management council as occasion and events demands, Akintoye also announced the appointment of a five-man strategy, policy and planning committee to work with him and other officers of YWC to ensure that targeted objectives of the organisation are effectively achieved.
The committee members are an Igbinedion University professor, Femi Olufunmilade; California-based architect, Tilewa Osifeso; Spokesperson of Yoruba Liberation Command, George Akinola; erudite scholar and Chief Executive Officer of Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Dr. Akin Fapounda and an Ikorodu-born Finance Consultant, Mr. Babatunde Jones.