By Funmi Ojo
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has directed all public officials, appointed and elected, to start wearing Adire Osun every Wednesday to boost the industry and enhance the cultural strength of the state.
In a circular issued by the Head of Service, Mr. Ayanleye Aina, Governor Adeleke noted that the directive affected all categories of public servants across ministries, departments and agencies of government including tertiary institutions, local governments, local development councils and area offices.
Consequently, every Wednesday is adopted as the Adire Osun Day with all officers and heads of agencies expected to comply with the directive as also with all political appointees too.
Governor Adeleke had presented the subject at the last State Executive Council meeting with a unanimous approval and adoption.
He noted that Adire actually has its source from Osun State, stressing that the new decision will reassert the traditional claim of the state to the Adire genre.
The governor, while recalling the bilateral meeting with the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun where both governors resolved to host an annual celebration of Adire Day, announced his administration’s plan to create mini-industrial clusters to support the Adire industry and other craft sub-sectors in the state.