Proceeds From Previous Igbogbo Day Has Been Used For Developmental Projects – Chairman, Igbogbo Day Planning Committee

Kunle Adelabu

 

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Engr. Femi Kalejaiyem Chairman, 2017 Igbogbo day Planning Committtee (2nd right) speaking during the press conference. With him were Mr Yahya Ogunsowo, Hon. Gbenga Oshin (2nd left) and Comrade Mani Shonubi.

The Chairman of the 2017 Igbogbo Day Planning Committee, Engr. Femi Kalejaiye has affirmed that proceeds from the previous Igbogbo Day Celebrations have been used to facilitate many developmental projects in Igbogbo.

He made this revelation at a Press Conference to herald 2017 Igbogbo Day Celebraton.

The event was held at the Adeboruwa Pavilion located within the premises of the Adeboruwa Palace in Igbogbo in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Engr. Kalajaye also revealed the project which proceeds from this year’s edition will be used for.

 

“Igbogbo Day Celebration, which is the first of its kind in the division, has been providing the platform for celebrations among indigenes, both home and in the Diasporas and non-indigenes. More importantly, the annual event has provided avenue to raise funds for developmental projects”, stated Engr Kalejaiye.

 

“Previous funds raised during the annual celebrations have also been judiciously expended by the organizers. We have been ensuring that they were used for developmental projects. With the proceeds, the community has constructed the Adeboruwa palace pavilion, installed street lights, renovated Igbogbo stadium among other projects”, said the planning committee chairman.

 

He added, “We intend to use the proceeds from this year’s edition to built an ultra modern Igbogbo City Hall. To achieve this, we shall be holding a dinner with our revered royal father, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, on Friday, November 9, 2017, to raise fund for the purpose among other activities lined-up for the celebration”.

 

Engr. Kalejaiye, who informed that the theme for this year’s annual celebration is , ‘Festival of new beginning’, also stated that 2017 Igbogbo Day would be celebrated alongside the 1st Coronation Anniversary of Oba Kasali,  who ascended the throne of his ancestors a year ago.

 

“This year’s edition is tagged, ‘Festival of New Beginning’ because we have a new Oba who has promised a new dawn and for about a year that he has mounted the throne, the community has been witnessing new things. We also have a new council administration led by a visionary chairman”, he explained.

 

He stated that a 10-day activities has been designed to jointly celebrate 2017 Igbogbo Day and 1st Coronation Anniversary of Oba Kasali.

 

Among activities announced at the press conference for the 2017 Igbogbo Day Celebration/1st Year Coronation Anniversary are Traditional prayer, Walk Against Domestic Violence, Dinner with Adeboruwa, Igbogbo Carnival parade, Health walk/talk, cultural day, spelling bee, homage to kabiyesi, youths and artisans empowerment, youth gala night, Igbogbo football competition and Miss Adeboruwa among others.

 

Engr. Kalejaye also announced that this year’s carnival parade, which is designed to showcase the cultural heritages of Igbogbo and displays by clubs and associations across the town, will be competitive.

 

“For this year carnival parade, it will be competitive among clubs. We expect participants  to be colourfully well dressed. The parade will showcase the richness of our culture and dynasmism of our clubs and associations.”

 

“The best club during the parade will win a sum of N100,000, first runner-up will get N50,000, while the second runner-up gets N30,000. It is going to be colourful and unique parade. If you are not there, you are not anywhere”, Engr. Kalejaiye boasted..

 

Also speaking, Comrade Mani Shonubi, the secretary of the 2017 Igbogbo Day Planning Committee, reeled out website and social media platforms through which the media and members of the public can get information regarding the celebration, coronation anniversary and Igbogbo general.

 

Why enjoining the media to cover all the 10 day activities, Comrade Shonubi also sought the support of the media in giving wider coverage to the celebration.

Other members of the planning committee at the briefing were Alhaji Jellili Abubakri Hasbunallahi, the Publicity Secretary, Comrade Ahmed Sholanke, Chairman, Youth Activities Committee and Hon. Gbenga Oshin, former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Mr Yahya Ogunsowo, a Supervisory Councilor in the Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area

 

 

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2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day: Lagos Assembly Clerk, Arole, Adesanya,10 Other Public Officials Honoured At 9th Public Service Day

Oluwaseun Ajayi & Oluwatobiloba Alake (SIWES Student)

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Mr Lateef Abolore Adesanya of the Governor’s Office in Lagos State receiving his excellence Service Award from Oba Kabiru Shotobi during the 9th Public Service/Local Government Day for Networking & Re-Union of the 2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration.

The Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Sanni Azeez Adebowale, Director, Welfare Matters, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, Lagos State, Mr Adegbola Arole and an aide to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Lateef Abolore Adesanya among other distinguished officials of the Lagos State Government and Local Governments in the state were honoured with Excellence Service Award.

 

The honours were bestowed on them during the 9th Public Service/Local Government Day for Networking & Re-Union, a major activity in the ongoing annual Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration.

The event was held at the main hall of the Ikorodu Town Hall on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Others conferred with the Excellence awards were Dr. Gabriel Adedotun S. Benson, Head of Department, Crop Production & Horticulture Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu main campus, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo , Executive Secretary LSTVEB), Comrade (Alhaji) Fatiu J. Salisu, Executive Chairman Ijede LCDA, Mr. Olusola Nurudeen Tobun, President Public Service Forum), Mrs. Us man Monsurat I. Folashade, Head of Administration in Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, and Mr. Rotimi Babatunde, one of the founders/initiator of IKODASS

Also honoured were Comrade Ajose Afolabi S, President NULGE, Lagos State, Mrs. Titilayo Module Adedipe, Director Administration & Human Resources, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), Mrs. Olufunke Abayomi Moore, General Manager LTV  and Mrs. Alaska Raolat, Office of Chief of Staff Governor’s Office, Alausa.

 

The Chief Host/Chairman of IKODASS, Otunba Ganiyu O. Abiru,  in his address, expressed his excitement over the honour bestowed on distinguished public servants at the event.

 

He acknowledged the gigantic contributions of the Public Servants towards the development of IKODASS.

 

“I congratulate all Awardees for being chosen out of several hundreds of people. I want to advice all Awardees of IKODASS, that you have become our Ambassadors and which of course means that in words and actions, you must see yourselves as Role Models whose behaviors must be worthy of emulation”, he challenged the awardees.

 

The chief host concluded by making it clear that any money given to IKODASS will be judiciously spent and accounted for.

 

Barr. Olasunkanmi Longe, former Deputy Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic and the Chairman of the occasion, urged Ikorodu indigenes and non indigenes to help build Ikorodu Division to greater heights.

 

Hon. (Mrs). Adebimpe Akinsola, acting Commissioner for Tourism/Special Adviser on Arts and Culture and the Chairperson of the occasion, expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the invitation.

 

“I commend the IKODASS Chairman and the planning committee for organizing such a remarkable event”, she said.

 

Hon. Akinsola, who is also the Oluomo of Igbogboland, also congratulated the Awardees.

 

His Royal Majesty Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Chief Lekan Ogunbanwo, the Principal guest of honour, Alhaji Tairu Ogunleye and other distinguished guests were present at the event.

 

Also in attendance were chairmen and members of  NULGE from the six local government and LCDAs in Ikorodu Division (Igbogbo/Baiyeku, Ijede, Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West, Imota LCDAs and Ikorodu Local Government).

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Donations were collected towards the building of IKODASS Civic Center and Bursary Awards for students.

 

LASG Responds To Muiz Banire

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-Says planning permit request is routine, affects several other houses

-No 48-Hour Demolition Notice Served

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, reacted to the accusation by Dr Muiz Banire, SAN, the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Commissioner for Environment in Lagos State alleging that he and his family are being persecuted by the Lagos State government.

He made the allegation in a statement issued on Wednesday. According to Mr. Banire, his only offense is that he insisted on the need to observe the rule of law.

Mr. Banire, who is on lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabi, said he was informed on Tuesday of a contravention notice served on the residence of his 90-year old mother, Mrs. Sarat Banire, at 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

The notice, he said, contained a demand that his mother should, within 24 hours, provide the planning permit obtained before the building was constructed.

The contravention, he added, also contained a threat that his mother’s two-bedroom bungalow will be demolished within 48 hours of service the notice.

Reacting to the allegations, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Anifowose Wasiu Abiola, in a statement signed on Wednesday denied the accusations and described Dr Banire statement as childish.

“The attention of Lagos State Government has been drawn to a statement credited to Mr. Muiz Banire over a routine contravention notice served on a property sited at No. 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, Ikeja GRA, in which Mr. Banire alleged a deliberate target on his newly acquired property” said the Commissioner.

“The State Government wishes to state without equivocation that not only is Mr. Banire trying to be clever by half, but is being childish in whipping up sentiments that his dear aged mother is the target of the said demand for development permit and that the said property might be demolished in 48hours” he stated.

The Government said neither allegation is a sincere reading of the notice served on the property.

The Commissioner clarified that the contravention notices that went out on Wednesday November 15, 2017 were a routine exercise served on properties identified by the state agents as operating without due permits.

He said 27 properties were indeed served on that same day, 13 out of which are located on the same Remi Fani-Kayode Street in GRA, Ikeja, where Banire admitted his property was located.

“There is no way Lagos State would have had a pre-knowledge of the owners of the properties in question let alone targeted the one that Banire has identified to be his own”, Anifowose said.

He added that aside the 13 houses affected on Fani-Kayode Street, there were a few others in Ikeja GRA and the rest in Ikoyi and Yaba.

“The 27 properties served across the state are just the first set of an ongoing exercise embarked upon by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to validate the records and permits of properties that have undergone ownership transfer processes”

“This is a routine and lawful exercise that ought not to be confusing to a supposedly learned gentleman who has had the privilege of serving in the Lagos State Cabinet for a dozen years” he clarified.

The statement said by his admission, “Banire agrees that a transfer of ownership on the property he has acquired is indeed taking place and what the Lagos State law demands is a validation of this claim so that the requisite permit on the existing property; an alteration to it or a new construction, as the case may be, may be sought and obtained”

“To suggest that because the transfer of ownership from the federal government to Mr. Banire is yet to be finalized makes him a mere tenant on the property he has acquired is not only disingenuous but is an attempt that is subtly fraudulent”

“While it is true that every government property sold to individuals or corporate entities is released to the owner on a 99-year lease, no new owner who has bought a property from government deceives the public that he is a mere tenant to the government on an acquired property. Or is Mr. Banire a tenant to the government on the other properties in Ikeja GRA he owns in the state?” TPL Anifowoshe queried.

Anifowose also described as deliberate mischief, Banire’s claim that the said property would be demolished within 24hours if the permit was not produced.

“According to the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010, what a contravention notice demands is evidence of planning permit on the existing structure in order to avoid demolition of what would be deemed a contravention if such a permit is not produced within the stipulated time as required by law” Commissioner stated.

“The law indeed demands that the property owner in question produces all documents in support of his/her case within 24 hours of the service of the Notice after which any contravention is expected to be removed by the owner within 48hours”

He further stated, “if the owner still refuses to honour such notices; a quit notice will then be issued to the owners of any of such property identified to have contravened Lagos State building plans or failed to provide the necessary documents to back his claims”

“Even after the expiration of the seven-day quit notice, no demolition of such properties can happen till the Governor grants approval” he added.

“So, it is patently false that any house has been marked for demolition within 48hours. This is the law that has been in existence since 2010 when Mr. Banire was still a cabinet member in the Lagos State government.”

The statement added that, “while it was within Banire’s right to identify with any set of cohorts that may be struggling with wanning influence and political relevance, it is a pathetic case of scaremongering to equate his untidy record keeping with political witch-hunting. It is not a sign of maturity to be crying wolf where there is none. Lagos is working excellently well for others to copy because it has stayed faithful to governance guided by the rule of law. Mr. Banire should comply with the rules and not create cheap distractions that are unhelpful”, he warned.

 

We Feel Your Pains, Lagos Tells Displaced Otodo Gbame Residents

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Otodo Gbame community members protest at Governor’s office

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday appealed to displaced residents of riverine communities in Ilado popularly known as Otodo Gbame to exercise a little more patience as efforts are ongoing to verify their list submitted for resettlement.

Some residents of the affected communities had stormed Lagos House in Aausa, Ikeja to protest the delay in their resettlement, saying that the request was in line with their fundamental human rights.

Addressing the protesters, the State’s Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Seye Oladejo said the government was very much aware of their pains, and that concerted efforts would be made to ameliorate their plight.

Oladejo, who addressed the protesters alongside the State’s Commissioners for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde; Home Affairs, Dr Abdulateef Abdulhakeem; and Special Adviser on Environment to the Governor, Babatunde Humpe, commended the peaceful manner with which the protest was conducted, but said their concerns would soon be tackled.

He said though the matter was in court, but that the State Government, on compassionate ground, was already looking into how to address the plight of the affected residents.

According to Oladejo, “The most important duty of any government is the protection of lives and property and in Lagos State, we are irrevocably committed to that. Also, it is on the basis of consideration for human feelings and what the Otodo Gbame people might be going through that we are holding this discussion. We all know clearly if a matter is in court, we ought not to be discussing it as it is subjudice but because our people are involved and some people are facing the brunt as a result of that development, as a government on compassionate ground, we are discussing this, that is number one.

“Secondly, we must be able to differentiate between compensation and provision of assistance. They are two different things. When a government agrees to compensate, the government is admitting responsibilities for whatever happens. If the government is thinking towards the direction of providing assistance, that is basically compassionate.

“Thirdly, we held a meeting where we agreed that there should be a list of people who were supposedly displaced as a result of that development. That list, you will agree with me, took several months before it was compiled. When you compile a list of people running into thousands, and the list has their names, addresses, phone numbers and the rest of it, and we are talking about providing assistance, the government also owes it as a responsibility to verify this list. If it took you several months to compile, you will not expect that it should take the government just a few days to verify. You voted that government into power and the government has a duty to judiciously manage the resources of the State.”

He said the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was already aware of the list, and that after verification, government would do the needful on compassionate ground.

“The list is receiving attention as it were and the Governor is already aware of the list but there has to be a process. This is a government and not a private business that you can just decide on top of your head to do as you like.

“So, it is receiving attention. We are in the process of verifying this list and to determine what the government could do to assist the people that were supposedly displaced as a result of the incident. So, I just want to appeal that people of Otodo Gbame should exercise a little more of patience while this process is going on and we will get back in due course in no distant time. I recall not too long ago, we still discussed this issue. That is our position on this; we have not forgotten about you; we feel your pain and we will do our utmost best to see what we can do to ameliorate this pain,” Oladejo said.

-PM NEWS

Apapa gridlock: Lagos Reconstitutes Joint Security Task Force To Ensure Sanity

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Executive Secretary/C.E.O, Lagos State Security Trust fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdulrazaq Balogun; Commander, Nigeria Navy Beecroft Apapa, Commodore Murrice Ansa Eno; Commander, Nigeria 561 Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Musbau Olumide Olatunji; Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal; Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Brig. Gen. Elias Attu and representative of Commissioner for Justice & Coordinator, Special Task Force on Land Grabbing, Mr. Jide Bakare during a media briefing shortly after the State Security Council meeting  presided over by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  

The Lagos State Government has reconstituted the Joint Security Task Force established to tackle Apapa gridlock and other security threats within the axis brought about by the blockade of major roads in the area by tankers and containerized trucks.

 

The Apapa gridlock, in the past few weeks, had worsened due to breakdown of operations at the ports located in the axis.

 

Rising from the monthly Security Council meeting held at the Lagos House in Ikeja chaired by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and attended by heads of security formations in the State, the State Government said the Task Force comprising of police, military, officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) would immediately be deployed to the axis to ensure sanity and contain any potential security threat.

 

While briefing Government House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said while the issues that gave rise to the gridlock were being addressed, the Task Force would ensure that the roads in the axis were not totally locked down, and also prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the gridlock to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

 

Edgal, who addressed the briefing alongside commanders of security formations in the State, said: “We deliberated extensively on the Apapa gridlock and the Governor has approved with immediate effect the reconstitution of a Joint Task Force made up of police, the military, LASTMA and FRSC officials to ensure that whilst the major problems that gave rise to that situation in the first instance are being tackled, we on our part as security agencies, will ensure that we have a good semblance of decency on our roads.

 

“We will ensure that we create a corridor for smaller vehicles and ensure that there is no complete blockade to free flow of traffic. We will also have plain cloth and uniformed security agencies ensuring that there is no crime in the axis due to the traffic gridlock.”

 

The CP, who assured residents that every necessary arrangement had been made to ensure peaceful yuletide season, said the Council also approved increased visibility and patrol in all parts of the State, especially in areas there are traffic gridlock as a result of construction activities.

 

Already, Edgal said due to increased patrol, about 35 notorious traffic robbers were recently arrested in Ilupeju and Oshodi axis, many of whom he said are ex-convicts and would soon be charged to court at the end of investigation.

 

He added that as a result of the community policing and community safety partnership strategy adopted by the Lagos Police Command, there had been about 35 per cent drop in issues of residential robberies, while more boats had been handed over to Marine Police by the State Government to secure the waterways and riverine areas especially to checkmate incursions by militants and secure schools in such areas, in addition to the Tactic Guards already formed.

 

Speaking on ongoing clampdown on commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada on restricted routes, Edgal said security agencies in the State have been given marching orders to strictly enforce the traffic law, and that no lawlessly or breakdown of law and order would be condoned.

 

He particularly admonished motorists and transport unions to impress it on their members to obey traffic laws, just as he said Okada riders must not only refrain from restricted routes, but also use helmets both for rider and passenger and not carry more than one person at a time, among other rules of engagement.

 

“We have the Lagos State Traffic Law and it is our responsibility to enforce the law. Motorists, motorcyclists and other form of road users must obey the law. Our men have been mandated to enforce all aspects of the law not only prohibition along some routes but also those aspects that have to do with safety. We don’t want officers and men to be challenged unduly when they are enforcing the law and I want to use this opportunity to call on the unions, especially the Okada unions to call their members to cooperate with the police. They should not form themselves into pressure and riotous groups to challenge the police and other security agencies,” Edgal said.

 

He said aside the security measures already put in place for residents and visitors to experience a peaceful yuletide season, any resident who sell, distribute or use industrial fireworks would be arrested and charged to court, saying that the ban on such is still very much in force.

 

Besides, Edgal thanked Lagosians for their cooperation with security agencies so far and urged people to continue to volunteer useful information that would help arrest potential security threat.

Otodo Gbame: Amnesty’s Forced Eviction Claims Inaccurate, Exaggerated – LASG

Kunle Adelabu

-Says Government committed to security, welfare of general public

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, rejected a report by the Amnesty International accusing the government of being responsible for the death of over eleven people and rendering other 30,000 homeless in its forced eviction and demolition of houses in Otodo Gbame.

The report states in part: “These ruthless forced evictions are just the most recent examples of a practice that has been going on in Nigeria for over a decade in complete defiance of international law,” said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International Nigeria’s Country Director.

“For the residents of these deprived communities, many of whom rely on their daily fish catch to make a living, the waterfront represents home, work and survival. Forced evictions mean they lose everything – their livelihoods, their possessions and in some cases their lives.

“The Lagos state authorities must halt these attacks on poor communities who are being punished for the state’s urban planning failures. The instability and uncertainty created by forced evictions is making their lives a misery as they are left completely destitute.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State has reacted to the allegation.

The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said the report was bias and exaggerated.

The  statement reads:

The Lagos State Government acknowledges Amnesty International’s (UK) latest report but would like to reject same for its apparent bias, inaccuracies and exaggerations.

The government therefore clarifies as follows:

  1. The main area of focus in the report – Ilado (which visitors to the State often refer to as Otodo Gbame) has always been a private land and subject of a law suit, which has been decided in favour of the family owners.
  2. It was in November 2016 that inter-ethnic clashes led to the fire incident that got the settlement consumed and not as a result of government-sponsored demolition.
  3. Otodo Gbame was one of the 39 waterfront settlements that took Lagos State to court over its plan to rid its prime waterfront areas of illegal shanties that constitute security and environmental threat to the general public. The court judgement in favour of the plaintiff has since been appealed with related applications for stay of action.
  4. Lagos State Government insists that Otodo Gbame was used as a temporary fishing outpost. The fishermen had their permanent homes in Badagry, Cotonou (Benin Republic) and Lome (Togo). Indeed, many of such people have returned to their homes since the unfortunate fire incident of November 2016. The rest should be encouraged to do likewise rather than spur them on to play the victim, fight legal owners of the land or to demonise govt.
  5. The Lagos State House of Assembly did carry out an independent investigation and published its findings, stating clearly that Otodo Gbame was a temporary fishing outpost on the waterways which wanted to illegally appropriate the land that welcomed them on a temporary basis. It is an illegal settlement that should not be allowed to use emotionalism and sensationalism to forcibly take over a private property.
  6. Lagos State Government has no interest in the land whatsoever since it’s a private property. The interest of the State is to rid the prime waterways of shanties and illegal structures, particularly when security intelligence has shown clearly that they are either safe havens or gateways for armed robbers, kidnappers and militants.
  7. Lagos State Government sees a correlation in the reduction of kidnappings through the waterways and creeks of Lagos Island, Ikorodu, Epe, Ojo and the removal of illegal shanties from our prime waterfront areas.
  8. The position of Lagos State Government has been consistent. While government is demonstrably compassionate to the plight of the less privileged and the urban poor and has continued to engage them in useful talks in line with international conventions and treaties, we urge Amnesty International UK to appreciate the fact that government was elected to protect the general public and promote livable environment.

 

Orunshen, Historical Book On Ikorodu, Environs Launched Amidst Encomiums,Glamour

 

Kunle Adelabu, Ameenat Olanrewaju, Itunuoluwa Ogundipe & Oluwabukola Oluwoopejo

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Author of the book, ‘Orunsen: The Source’, Princess Aderoju Ladega (3nd right), representative of the Chief Launcher, Mr Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (right), representative of the Member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Babajimi Benson (2nd right), representative of the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Sule Aremu (left), High Chief A.R.O Shitta, the Regent/Olisa of Ipakodo (middle), parents of the author and other guests during the public presentation/launching of the book at Ikorodu Town hall.

As part of the activities marking the 26th edition of the Ikorodu –Oga Day Celebration, an annual event organised by the Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS), a book about the history of Ikorodu township and its  environs was on Monday, November 13, 2017, presented to the public.

At the launch of the book, titled, ‘Orunsen: The Source’ , which took place inside the main hall of the Ikorodu Town Hall,  were state functionaries, eminent personalities, representatives of the traditional institutions, political leaders, youth groups and students among others.

Speaking on how the book came into being, the publisher, Princess Aderoju Ladega, stated that her encounter with her dad’s files brought up so many questions which were compounded in her course of getting answers.

 

“In 2014, while I was reading through my dad’s old files, I came across documents on my grandfather. This prompted me to ask  my dad certain questions but his answers brought about more questions, names of people and towns”, she stated.

“The information he was divulging to me seemed old but relevant to us as a people, and that motivated the publication of my last book, ‘The Lion of Oke-Ado’ in honour of my grandfather, Late Oba Samuel Oderinde Ladega, Olupekan II, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu (1953 – 1970) and also this book, (Orunshen: ‘The Source’)”, she explained.

She also explained what motivated her to write ‘Orunshen’.

“Reading books on the origin of other towns like Remo, Ijebu, Abeokuta, Ibadan amongst others further encouraged my desire for history and the opportunity to bring together the indigenous towns in Ikorodu division with the believe that the division deserves a space in the history of Africa. If we do not write our own history, who will?”, she asked.

“This book details the origin of ten indigenous towns in Ikorodu division. It is a book that brings back our story to us. It will refresh the memory of the older generations and keep the younger generations in touch with our history”.

“The book provides a compelling compilation of the unique founding of these ten indigenous towns (Ikorodu, Imota, Igbogbo, Ipakodo, Isiwu, Agura, Owutu, Ijede, Egbin and Ewu-Elepe) in  its 134 page leaflets”.

Meanwhile,the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Aremu Sule, President of the Oriwu Club, who was represented at the occasion by Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, former Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture & Cooperatives,in his address stated that Ikorodu is not all about social activities as sons and daughters of the town are also excelling in academia, business, politics, and other aspects of human endeavours.

He added that when an author writes based on family and cultural background, such authors always open door for further discourse from within which is a positive development.

He, therefore, challenged others to react to any assertion(s) in the book by also writing theirs.

In his own address, Otunba Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru, the Chairman of the Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS), stated that he feels good not because  he was involved in the writing and presentation of the book, “but for the fact that we have another book wherein the story of Ikorodu and its neighboring towns could be understood from another view point.It is indeed a delight feeling”, he stated.

The IKODASS Chairman stated further that a nation or people without history cannot understand the dynamism of their future.

Like Alhaji Aremu,he also challenged anyone who feels that the information provided in the book is not correct to react by writing his or her own version.

“Writing about the history of a people or town should not in any way breed animosity or rancor among those who feel that some parts of the book are incorrect or historically fallacious. There is always an opportunity for the readers to present his/her own history from his/her own perspective which of course should be left to the reader to determine the objectivity of the historian or the recorder”, he challenged.

 

While reviewing the book, Mr Hakeem Adenekan stated, “Truth is the bane of our existence today as Africans, nay Nigerians,it is the erosion – either wittingly or unwittingly, of our interest in our history. It is, therefore, gratifying to note that against the backdrop of general apathy of our institutions and leading lights of our culture, tradition and history, a young Nigerian and Princess of Ikorodu town, Aderoju Oluwaseun Ladega, has taken the pains to aggregate, document and share the history of that town, which stands out among others in Lagos State, with other Nigerians. This is by no means a small feat”, he stated.

In his analysis of the 134-page historical book on ten independent and indigenous towns in Ikorodu division, the reviewer also added, “Beyond tracing the beginning of each of these towns, there is a consistent lay-out of the genealogies of each of the ruling houses in all the highlighted houses in the highlighted towns”.

 

“It is particularly noteworthy that on page 2, the cognomen (Oriki) of all Ikorodu indigenes is expressively documented. For the sons and daughters, at home or in diaspora, this page offers them that sense of cultural identity which is more than what money can buy”,the reviewer stated.

 

“From customs and traditions which are peculiar to Ikorodu people, we are let into the sense of order with which the cultural institutions ruled with a great deal of success”,he added

Adenekan, in his conclusion, stated, “Over and above all considerations, Ikorodu has a huge potential for tourism, which is waiting to be explored and exploited”.

 

He listed some of the tourism sites in Ikorodu division such as Nigerian Port Authority, Origin Gradens and Zoo, Lagos State Parks, Dangote Industry, Ikorodu Ferry terminal among many others.

Other eminent persons at the event were Hon. Babajimi Benson, Member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, Chairman, Redbrick Limited and the Chief Launcher, Dr Tajudeen Bawallah, a scholar.

Others include Dr Taiwo Hassan, Deputy Medical Director of the General Hospital, Ikorodu, Hon. Adeola Banjo, Chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA, Hon. Ameen Ola Apanisile, Vice chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA, Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, Vice Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, Hon. Adeola Jokomba, former chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA, Alhaja Abiodun Ogunniyi, Principal, Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu, Mayor Deen Sanwoola, Director-General, iCare Foundation, Otunba Afolabi Babatunde and Mr Sogo Oshikoya among others.

 

 

 

IKODASS Honours State Lawmaker, Council Chairmen, Academia, Professionals, Others

Wale Jagun

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Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan during the presentation of IKODASS Associate award at the ongoing 2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration in Ikorodu.

Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS), on Sunday,November 12, 2017, conferred fellowship, Associate and other category of awards on about 20 indigenes and residents of Ikorodu who have excelled in their chosen careers and contributed meaningfully to the development of Ikorodu and humanity in general.

The well-attended ceremony, which was held at the Ikorodu Town hall, was part of the events marking this year’s Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration, holding between Saturday, November 11, and Saturday, November 18.

Nine individuals were conferred with Associate and Fellowship awards while three individuals received Community Security awards and another person awarded Corporate Award.

While congratulating the awardees, the IKODASS Chairman, Otunba Ganiyu Abiru  enjoined them to be using the fellowship and Associate titles after their names.

 

“I want use this medium to congratulate all the awardees of today and enjoin them to be using  the titles after their names as plans are also in the offing to bring all our past awardees together as a group with a view to be holding meetings in furtherance of the goals and objectives of this Association. For instance, a Fellow awardee should add F.I.A at the end of his name while Associates should use A.I.A”, he appealed.

Hon. Rotimi Lateef Abiru, the Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, was conferred with the Ikorodu-Oga Development Association’s Fellowship award.

Others in that category are Mr Afolabi Munir Tinubu, Chief Awomodu Akinsola, Mr Idowu Modiu Babatunde, Alhaji Lamidi Ishola Folorunsho,  Hon. Wasiu Ayodeji Adesina,Chairman, Ikorodu Central Local Government and Mr Adeola Adebisi Banjo, Chairman,Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area.

 

Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, a lecturer in the Political Science Department of Lagos State University (LASU), Comrade Arole Muhammed, Prince Idowu Oyefusi, Alhaji Kabiru Animashaun, Mr Akinbajo Adewale, Alhaji Olawale Kazeem, Mrs Hadijat Atinuke Anibaba, Mr Olusegun IIuyombo, Mr Musibau Eshinlokun, Mr Ashaolu Adeleke and Mr Jubril Akinola bagged Associate Awards.

 

The efforts of Alhaji Kamorudeen Bombata, Mr Lanre Olabinjo and Mr Olalekan Pelumi, leaders of the Onyabo Vigilante Group in Ikorodu, to combat crimes in Ikorodu division were also rewarded with Community Security awards by the Otunba Abiru led IKODASS.

Also, the 2017 Corporate Award was bestowed on the Managing Director of Primero,Mr Fola Tinubu.

 

 

Ace Artiste, Chidinma Turns Actress, Makes Debut In ‘The Bridge’

Wale Jagun

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Ace female artiste, Chidinma Ekile, has joined the growing list of music acts who took to acting as she debut in a romantic movie ‘The Bridge’, produced by Lasun Ray and directed by Kunle Afolayan.

She plays the role of Stella, a young lady from a distinguished Igbo family who falls in love with a Yoruba Prince, Obadare, and secretly marries him against her parents’ wishes.

‘The Bridge’ tells the story of how love relationship is being  threatened by tribal prejudice and parental plans for their children’s life.

When the couple secretly got married against their parents’ wishes, the consequences shake the very foundation and sustenance of both families.

In a recent post on Instagram, Chidinma made an appreciative remark for her acting debut.

“Thank you for the opportunity to work with Greats like Demola Adedoyin, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Zack Orji, Kunle Afolayan, Tina Mba, Adebayo Salami, Lere Paimo, Wole Olowomojuore, Lanre Hassan, Jimoh Aliu, and Mama Ray-Eyiwumi”.

Fans of the artiste turned actress and cinema lovers should watch out for her brilliant performance in ‘The Bridge’.

The movie would be in the cinemas nationwide from the 8th of December, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ikorodu High School Lifts 2017 Ikorodu -Oga Day Cup

Adekunle Okikiola, SIWES Student

 

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Ikorodu Senior High School captain receiving the competition’s cup from IKODASS Vice Chairman after beating Ipakodo Senior Secondary School

Ikorodu High School football team in Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Friday, November 10, 2017, beat their counterparts from Ipakodo High School,Ipakodo in Ikorodu West LCDA, to lift  the 2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day Cup.

The final match, which was keenly contested by the two teams, was played at the Police Barracks Playing Ground along Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu.

This year’s competition was tagged, ‘Emancipation Edition’, by the organiser, Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS), led by its new Chairman,Otunba Ganiyu Abiru, a former Clerk of the Lagos House of Assembly.

 

Ikorodu High School player, Ademola Samuel, put his team in the lead in the 30th minutes of play with a powerful header which the Ipakodo High School goalkeeper, Olisademi Daniel, could not save.

However, Restless Obasi Victor ,who wore number 7 jersey for Ipakodo High School team never stopped tormenting his opponents’ defence and in the 50th minutes, his efforts paid off as he levelled the scoreline. His goal provoked wide celebrations from his teammates and fans.

The deciding goal of the match, however,  came three minutes to regulation time when Ikorodu High School player in  number 6 jersey, Isa Azeez, released a thunderous shot from outside the 18 yard box shot with his left foot which left Olisedemi rattling on the ground.

The Ikorodu High School team showed great tactical discipline throughout the pulsating match, while the Ipakodo’s team became weakened in the second half  as one of their key player in jersey number 13, Ezekiel Friday, was unable to resume for the second half.

It was, however, alleged that the player deliberately backed out because he was not eligible to play for the school and would have been penalized alongside his team by the centre referee, Oladosun Segun, if he had come out for the second half.

The assistant referees for the final match were Afinni Isa and Alagbe Adeyinka while Alhaji Lookman Shonibare was the Match Commissioner.

 

Match Statistics:

Ikorodu High School vs Ipakodo High School

 

2 – GOALS – 1

 

7 – ATTEMPTS – 5

 

3 – ON TARGET – 4

 

1 – OFF SIDES – 2

 

3 – FOULS – 0

 

1 – YELLOW CARD – 1

 

0 – RED CARD -0

 

60% – POSSESSION – 40%