The government of the State of Osun has climaxed the the cross over into the year 2021 with a spectacular display of fireworks.
The fireworks display took place simultaneously in 11 locations at the dot of 12 midnight.
The locations were: Osogbo, Ile-Ife, Ilesha, Ikirun, Ila, Ijebu-Jesha, Ede, Iwo, Ejigbo, Ikire and Iragbiji.
Speaking during an interview, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Yemi Lawal, who supervised the display of the fireworks, said it was the government’s way of spreading some cheer in an otherwise gloomy situation across the country and in the world.
Lawal added that it was the government’s way of communicating hope, especially to the youth population, that 2021 will be positively different.
“The state government thought it fitting to have a cross over fireworks to at least spread some cheer in an otherwise gloomy situation.
As we know, all forms of carnivals were cancelled because of the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the good people of Osun still deserve a colourful entry into the new year.
“The fireworks is part of our celebration and thanksgiving unto God. Unfortunately, we cannot gather people together to have a grand celebration but that does not stop us from doing something to signify that we are entering into a new year.
“We are starting the year on a bright note. The fireworks symbolise hope. So, we have done this to give the citizens, especially the youths, a hope that the new year promises positively different, a hope that the government remembers them and ready to do everything to ensure that their needs are adequately catered for.
“This is another effort to identify with the youths, to tell them that this government is theirs and that the government is set to give them the attention they deserve”, Lawal stated.
Commenting on the choice of the 11 locations where the fireworks was displayed, Lawal said the choice of the locations were based on federal constituencies delineation as well as accessibility.