The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security in charge of Yagba West Local Government, Tade Oshaloto has described the late Kogi West Zonal Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Stephen Ropo Asala, as a political icon who left behind beautiful legacy and men and women of great impact to maintain his legacy.
Oshaloto made the declaration on Monday in Egbe, as guest of honour at the grand finale of the maiden edition of the Ropo Asala Annual Football Competition.
The competition, which featured football teams from across Yagba West Local Government was part of activities marking the first anniversary of the departure of the late political icon, organised by Stephen Ropo Asala (SRA) Foundation. At the final match played at the Titcombe College, Egbe football pitch, and attended by a massive crowd, political and community leaders, Vessels Football Club, Egbe defeated co-finalists, Ejiba FC by a lone goal to lift the trophy.
In his address, Oshaloto extolled the virtues of Hon Ropo Asala saying those virtues were vividly clear to all with the way and manner those whose lives he impacted have carried on to immortalize his name, one year after. He commended the children of the departed icon and the SRAF for putting up a wonderful event in honour of their parent and late benefactor and assured that government at the state and local levels would interface with the organisers with the aim of enlarging the thresholds of the foundation in their future engagements.
According to Oshaloto, “Hon Ropo Asala must be happy wherever he is now because a man has not truly lived until he is able to leave behind people who can maintain his legacy. And I tell you the truth that Hon Ropo Asala has left behind men and women of great impact”.
He added, “I am proud to identify with these people and I pray that the beautiful legacy that our late political icon has left behind will tower so high and so wide. And I want to challenge the young people that are here; I don’t want you to forget and I want you to keep it in mind that the skies are our limit. About 20 years ago I left this school where we toiled against the future unknown but today to God’s glory, the suffering of the past is beginning to yield good fruits.
“I want to assure you that everyone of us here will be partakers of the good fruits. With the beautiful soccer artistry on display tonight, I have no doubts that amongst us here we shall see great footballers to make the nation proud internationally, amongst us here we shall see doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, presidents and governors, VCs of universities, rectors and captains of industries in Jesus name.
“Whatever is possible as the responsibility of government, God helping us, we want to assure you that the resources will be evenly and equitably distributed. I want to assure the organisers of this event that the state executive will interface with you to see to how we can enlarge and expand the thresholds of the Stephen Ropo Asala Foundation, as soon as possible.
“Personally, as an appointee of His Excellency Gov Yahaya Bello and on behalf of the Security Community of Yagba West Local Government, I am pledging to this August Assembly something very reasonable within the limits of available resources. I must not leave here without recognising our leaders, present and not present. Whatever God has destined for all of us will reach us in Jesus name, and when God must have given us what he intends to give us, He will give us long life and good health and prosper our individual families. Thank you and God bless you all.”