MUST SEE!!! Things To Known About Ilaji Hotel, Resort & It’s Owner

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Conserving religion with Nigeria and believing in it in these critically making an attempt instances is a really onerous activity for any citizen of the nation.

A number of hours spent in firm with Engineer Dotun Sanusi, the enigmatic proprietor of Worldwide Faculty of Arts, Science and Expertise (ICAST), Ilaji Farms, Ilaji Lodge and Resort in addition to different enterprise ventures is about to reset my understanding and re-align me.

On a private notice, I’m earnestly satisfied that those that know me will tune in to open-mindedly movement with me on this educational train. Others could interpret these humble submissions as ‘patronising’.

Ilaji Hotel & Resort

They’re free to borrow extra phrases and phrases however I categorically state right here with none remorse that I’m proud to patronize this hardworking, undiluted fellow Ibadanman.
Engineer Sanusi was born someday in 1968 into the household of Alhaji Ganiyu Oladosu Sanusi from Oja’ba, Ibadan, the capital metropolis of Oyo State. He was christened Dotun Jubril.

He grew up within the Elekuro space of the town and through this time, he enrolled at Wesley Main Faculty for his elementary schooling. After the completion of his major schooling, Dotun Jubril Sanusi went to Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Grammar Faculty, Aperin Oniyere, Ibadan for his secondary schooling. His thirst for extra schooling coupled with the truth that he handed his West African Examination (WAEC) in flying colors earned him admission into the Division of Petroleum Engineering, College of Ibadan.

In accordance with one of many businessman’s aides, Hazeez Ayansola, Sanusi’s contact with the company world started with Halliburton Nigeria Restricted, an American Oil and Fuel firm. After rising by the ranks of the corporate, his skilled competence was keenly wanted and it was not lengthy earlier than Saipem Drilling, an Italian oil and gasoline firm, headhunted him.

This example repeated itself a few instances and earlier than Dotun Sanusi knew what was occurring, his immense abilities {and professional} brilliance had taken him to 5 completely different firms inside a brief time frame, specifically, Beckfield Drilling Companies from Hanover, Germany; Measurement-Whereas Drilling, Directional Drilling Companies; Kasolute Nigeria Restricted and Gyro Precision Survey Companies.

In 2004, the youthful Dotun determined that he had served folks sufficient and it was time to begin serving himself. He due to this fact established his first-ever firm, TNL Drilling Companies (Tasaniola Nigeria Restricted), an indigenous oil and gasoline drilling firm which has since grown in leaps and bounds.

This firm now has many wholesome ‘siblings’ together with the Ilaji Lodge and Resort the place I spent high quality time with the businessman on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

For individuals who could want to know, I used to be on the common resort to carry a two-day retreat/coaching programme organized by the South West Group of On-line Publishers (SWEGOP).

It was on the second day of our programme that we had the privilege of listening to his transient lecture after the Minister of Sports activities and Youth Growth, Mr Sunday Dare had carried out an analogous project.

Really, he was not initially on our record of Audio system. Being the Chairman of SWEGOP, my obligation was to persuade the suave businessman to squeeze out time to hitch us contained in the unique convention corridor the place our members had gathered to listen to him discuss. He was reluctant initially. However he later obliged. We are going to proceed to understand this gesture.

By the point he began interacting with us, he couldn’t conceal his emotions. His phrases betrayed him – that he’s a person in pains – pains of watching helplessly as Nigeria, our beloved nation slides, uncontrollably hanging on socio-economic cliff-edge.

Allow me to paraphrase a few of his phrases “Whether or not folks imagine me or not, I do know I’ve ardour for humanity. I’m honest in my want to provide again to the society.

“It’s possible you’ll want to ask me why I made a decision to determine this Ilaji Lodge and Resort right here. That is my reply: I used to be in search of a group with historical past. You’ll all agree with me that Akanran is an historic a part of Ibadanland.”
After deciding on Akanran, positioned inside Ona Ara Native Authorities Space of Oyo State, he went forward to purchase a really massive parcel of land which used to accommodate about 28 villages.

He acknowledged additional “the urge to provide again to the society led to the institution of ICAST, Ilaji Soccer Academy and this academy serves as a fertile floor for proficient kids who got here from each humble and well-to-do backgrounds. The concept behind Ilaji Soccer Academy is to provide these proficient gamers the platforms to showcase their abilities within the superior footballing nations of the world.

“We now have, by Ilaji Accommodations and Sports activities Resort since partnered with SWIEQI Soccer Membership in Malta and Malaga CF, a soccer membership within the Spanish La-Liga.We invested within the outfits, that’s the reason now we have a clean working relationship with them.

“I’ll say it right here that for doing all these, politics isn’t on my thoughts. I wouldn’t have any plan to turn into a partisan politician. This isn’t in my agenda.
“I’m a Christian with a Muslim background. However I’m a realist. We’re an excessive amount of into sentiments. As well as, if we weren’t egocentric, Nigeria would have been a greater place for us all to reside. Our leaders usually are not honest, they’re biased.

“All of us want to fix our methods. We’re an excessive amount of into faith, tribalism and we’re not sincere folks. As well as, our structure isn’t working for us. It doesn’t give room for equity and accountability.

“No person is speaking about cocoa. Was our well-known Cocoa Home not constructed from proceeds from cocoa enterprise by the then Western State authorities?

“I’m positive everyone knows that our petroleum assets are quick lowering. And there’s pressing must diversify.
“As for me and my family, we wouldn’t have any choice than to stay targeted and hardworking and we additionally imagine God is with us.”

Certainly, God has been with this man who has succeeded in getting me to proceed to think about if and provided that Nigeria can reproduce his likes in a dozen instances…
For a person who confirmed that politics was not on his agenda, he has executed a lot and these feats are nearly unattainable to be copied.

In accordance with Mr Ayansola, “the folks of Elebu part of Ido Native Authorities Space, Amuloko-Akanran axis of Ona-Ara Native Authorities Space and Elewura inside Ibadan South West native Authorities Space have benefited immensely from the unusual philanthropic gestures of Dotun Sanusi within the areas of street constructions and rehabilitations.

He just lately partnered with Oyo State Authorities which led to the rehabilitation of the First Financial institution finish of Amuloko-Akanran axis, a street that covers about 17 kilometers; Chief Dotun Sanusi offered the funds for the rehabilitation whereas the State authorities offered the personnel.

The Amuloko-Akanran axis notoriously recognized for congested site visitors circumstances and rough-driving by business drivers has been experiencing free movement of site visitors since its rehabilitation; this effort has since put an finish to the nightmares being skilled by commuters and motorists alike plying the street.

Additionally it is on document that throughout the COVID-19 lockdown interval final yr, this nice Nigerian fed so many individuals. He ensured that his folks at Akanran benefitted from him.
As well as, he took cost of safety of the group throughout the EndSARS days.
In accordance with him “we labored with a gaggle of hunters referred to as Soludero. We didn’t enable any Police Station or authorities property to be burnt or vandalized. I can add that I’m a grassroots man to the core. I do know all of the boys who could cause and foment bother. They know they’ll come to me after they have points. So, this has made our group to be essentially the most peaceable in Oyo State.”

Engineer Sanusi, at this time is the largest within the enterprise of hospitality on this a part of the nation. His Ilaji Accommodations and Sports activities Resort can boast of over 165 rooms whereas over 150 different rooms are at current beneath building.
Regardless of all these, he has remained a humble man, a lover of God, an astute businessman and supporter of the underprivileged.

For now, one can solely proceed to conjecture and persist in imagining how progressive and affluent Nigeria will likely be if, and provided that, the nation can boast of a dozen Dotun Sanusis.

Olayinka Agboola is the Writer of PMParrot.com and Parrot Xtra Journal. He’s additionally the chairman, South West Group of On-line Writer (SWEGOP). He despatched this in from Ibadan, the capital metropolis of Oyo State

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