A resolution currently being considered by lawmakers in Ogun State, if passed, will enforce a policy that will have workers in the state’s civil service, wear the native adire fabric to their offices, once in a week.
A member of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Olayiwola Ojodu representing Abeokuta North State Constituency made this known in Abeokuta, the state capital while declaring open a 2-week Art exhibition tagged “Age of Change” to commemorate the nation’s 52nd Independence anniversary.
According to the lawmaker, “the step is being taken as part of measures to re-awaken the fast-dying cultural heritage of the people”, adding that “it is in this regard that lawmakers who are already wearing native attires and transact law making business in Yoruba language on Wednesdays would also want the civil servants, to appear in the adire fabric at least once a month.”
“The legislative configuration of the present House of Assembly has resolved to view every act of change in the State from a creative perspective by providing enabling law and edicts necessary for building a solid socio- cultural –economic future” the lawmaker stated.
The Adire fabric, also known as Adire Eleko is locally produced by in the state with a unique blend of prints that are indigenous to Egba people. One of the major tourist attraction in Abeokuta is local market where the adire fabrics are still produced using, centuries old tradition.
A similar policy is also being contemplated by the Osun state government, which seeks to enforce the fabrics as school uniform for all the students in the state public schools.
Honourable Ojodu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, noted that the recent creation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was to properly coordinate and guide the creative cultural potentials and tourist sites in the State.
He noted that meaningful change in any human endeavour may be sacrificial and painful, but always result in a form of satisfaction derived from new experiences.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi said the exhibition would be made an annual event with possible international recognition at the next Olympics.
He charged students and heads of Schools to be part of the “Age of Change” by giving adequate attention to teaching Fine Arts as part of the school curriculum, saying this was the only way to jointly bring back and restore the lost glory.