HISTORY OF OLUYOLE CLUB, LAGOS
Oluyole Club, Lagos was founded on the 14th of March, 1968 as a Cultural, non-political and non-profit making association of Ibadan indigenes resident in Lagos. At that time, a new comer to Lagos faced serious social and economic problems of, among others, accommodation, employment, children’s admission to schools and colleges. The noble objective of the founding fathers of the club was to provide an opportunity for being their “brothers’ keepers”.
The activities of Oluyole Club, Lagos centre on the welfare of its members and the promotion of the interests of the city and its inhabitants, including non-indigenes. The Club encourages scholarship among the young citizens of Ibadan by awarding post graduate scholarship initially from funds donated by members and now undergraduate bursaries to deserving indigent undergraduates of Ibadan origin in Nigerian Universities. One of the products of the club’s post graduate scholarship, now a professor is a member of the club.
Oluyole club has also promoted scholarship even among members by assisting in publishing books and also by donating to book launch.
The club in the 80s sought to improve the wellbeing of residents of Ibadan by providing public toilets all over the city. The club has also been responding to emergency situations in Ibadan, Oyo state. For instance, the club donated relief materials to Oyo State government for the victims of the first Ogunpa flood disaster in 1980 and the second flood disaster of 2012.
The club also initiated and financed a research study on the proposed breakup of the Ibadan Metropolitan Council into various local governments. The report was submitted to the government of the then Western region and some of the recommendations in the study were adopted in the constitution of the local government in Ibadan.
The Club organized and held a seminar on “Ibadan” on 13th and 14th of February, 1997 at Kakanfo Inn, Ring Road, Ibadan. The outcome of this highly successful seminar culminated in the publishing of an historical book titled “IBADAN – A Historical, Cultural and Socio-Economic Study of an African City” in year 2000 and launched at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos. The hard cover edition of the book was re-launched at Premier Hotel, Ibadan on the 19th of May, 2001.
Oluyole club, Lagos also financed a study on Employment generation for young school leavers and submitted same to the then Government of Oyo State under Alhaji Lam Adesina as Governor. In the same way a study including an Architectural design was commissioned by Oluyole club, Lagos on the resuscitation of Mapo hall. The study with the Architectural design was submitted to the Government of Oyo State during Senator Rasheed Ladoja’s tenure.
The club for several years have embarked on series of lectures to contribute to the socio-economic development of Ibadan in particular, Oyo state and Nigeria in general. The club will continue and not waver in supporting Ibadan city, Oyo state and Nigeria in their socio-economic development efforts.