Ogun State government has directed that all markets and public schools in the Remo Zone of the state be closed on Wednesday for the burial of Yeye Oodua Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.
This is contained in a statement in Abeokuta on Monday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa.
It stated that the closure was a mark of respect for the late Matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, who died on Sept. 19.
The release, however, said the directive would affect only schools Ikenne, Remo North and Sagamu
Local Government Areas.
”Government, hereby, appeals to market men and women as well as residents of the state to troop out en-masse to give late Mrs Awolowo a befitting burial,” it said.
Also, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, named the only Model School in Ikenne and the recently completed PlainField Estate at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta after the late Awolowo.
Amosun made the announcement in his address at Sagamu International Stadium, where he hosted eminent personalities as part of activities organised for the burial of the matriarch of the Awolowo family.
The governor, who eulogised the deceased, described her as “a pride of womanhood,“promised that the legacies of the Awolowo dynasty would be upheld by the government.
Eminent personalities who attended the event included Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head, former Interim National Government; Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals and Chief Bisi Akande, Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria.
Others are Mrs Bola Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group among others.
The final burial would hold in Ikenne on Wednesday.