In a gesture of solidarity and acknowledgment of the impactful legacy left by the late Iyalode of Yorubaland, Alaba Lawson, the Ogun State Government has affirmed its dedication to partnering with the grieving family in orchestrating a respectable burial for the esteemed educationist and entrepreneur.
The media advisor to the late Iyalode, Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, conveyed this commitment in an official statement. According to Kayode-Adedeji, Governor Dapo Abiodun personally conveyed his assurance to the family, expressing readiness to establish a committee that will closely collaborate with them to meticulously plan the upcoming funeral.
During his visit to the family’s residence on Quarry Road, Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun underscored the government’s resolve to ensure a fitting final farewell for the late Iyalode, recognizing her substantial contributions to society. He pledged unwavering support and proposed the establishment of a committee to liaise with the family for detailed funeral arrangements.
“We are setting up a state committee to engage with the family so that we can commence planning the final rites to give Mama a very fitting passing. We will be with you throughout this very trying period,” affirmed Governor Abiodun, extending his condolences to the grieving family.
Characterizing the late Iyalode as a diligent and principled woman, Governor Abiodun highlighted her philanthropic pursuits, advocacy for women’s rights, and selfless commitment to community development. He acknowledged her as a benchmark for legacy and reiterated the government’s steadfast support during this challenging time.
The family had previously announced December 8, 2023, as the burial date, with a comprehensive week-long schedule of events from December 1st to 8th. The Central Planning Committee, spearheaded by Sanya Abiola, has been tasked with coordinating diverse programs, including media coverage, ceremonial/entertainment aspects, security, and protocol/logistics.
The family gathering, chaired by Chief Ebenezer Obe-Fabiyi, further divulged the participation of key members such as Akinola Lawson, Babalola Lawson, Oreoluwa Obey-Fabiyi, and Taiwo Jiboku in the Central Committee, ensuring a harmonized and fitting farewell for the late Iyalode Alaba Lawson.