By ‘Kunle Alabi
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step is first found in the Tao Te Ching, a classical Chinese Taoist text, usually credited to Laozi, a.k.a Lao Tzu. The wise saying puts forward the notion that no matter how difficult a task is, it can only be completed when you start it.
The making of the State of Osun House of Assembly “4-Star General” began on Thursday the 24th of August, exactly 48 years ago, when Madam Juliana Owoeye, the Yeye Oba of Iyemogunland put to bed a bouncing baby boy, who was later christened Timothy Adigun Oladiti.
Like every other child in Ijofi, little Timothy attended St. Peter’s Anglican Primary School in Ilesa, where he had his Basic 6 primary education. He also attended CAC Commercial High School in Ilesa before securing admission into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he bagged a Diploma in Local Government Studies.
An insatiable thirst for knowledge led him to the University of Ado-Ekiti now Ekiti State University where he successfully accomplished an academic and professional propensity in the field of Political Science (B.Sc) and later moved to the University of Ibadan where he also obtained a Master’s degree in Peace Building and Development (MPBD).
Drawing upon his choice of study, it becomes an easy task for Timothy Owoeye to demonstrate an innate knack for politicking and humanitarianism since his incursion into politics. Political attributes are heavily represented in his absolute dedication and infallible service to the people of Osun.
He was inducted into the ‘Army’ of the State House of Assembly in 2007. A new entrant into the League of Generals got his first star, a rank he wore for four years; and he was the Minority Leader of the Assembly, running on the platform of the Action Congress (AC).
Having represented his constituency well, the “Tupe” slogan stuck like a leach (Tupe in Ijesa dialect means AGAIN). He was handed the mandate for the second time on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 and became the Leader of the Assembly for a period of four years, donning two stars on his shoulders.
As a representative with a deep knowledge of the legislative terrain, strengthened with the support of his people, the story was not different in 2015 when he ran again as member representing Ilesa East for the third time under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and was made the Majority Leader of the State of Osun House of Assembly.
Timothy Owoeye has actively represented Osun and Nigeria internationally in a number of seminars, workshops and conferences, including the “Leadership for Good Governance” in the Massachusetts University, USA in 2008 aND the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences in Kenya and Tanzania in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
It did not come to many as a surprise when a 4-Star General was made on June 6, 2019. Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye became the Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly.
Within the past one year as the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Owoeye has led an Assembly that has passed 9 bills into laws; both executive and private member bills.
The 7th Assembly under his watch has also passed many resolutions that are developmental in nature, for the people of the state. Apart from this, it has from time to time played the role of a mediator between the government and the people for the sake of fairness, justice and equity.
Indeed, Rt. Hon Timothy Owoeye is a courageous leader and party loyalist, who values the present and strives harder for a better and brighter future. He is loved by both the old and young for his progressive mentality and temperament.
The people of Osun are fortunate to have him represent them as the Honorable Speaker because they believe in his ability to lead the people to the NEXT LEVEL as the longest serving member of the State of Osun House of Assembly.
Alabi, Chief Press Secretary
to the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, writes this piece.