IKODASS Rolls Out Drums For 25th Ikorodu-Oga Celebration, Gives Account of Stewardship
Kunle Adelabu & Lucy Usman
It will be twenty-five years this year since the first Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration was held and the Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS), the organizers of the event, is preparing towards rolling out drums for the celebration.
At a press conference held today at the IKODASS secretariat at the Ikorodu Town hall, the schedule for the silver jubilee anniversary of the event was released.
According to IKODASS Chairman, Otunba Adekunle Oyebola, this year’s celebration will commence on Saturday, November 12, 2016, and end on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The opening events are Interdenominational prayer followed by Woro Cultural Carnival and Oga carnival Nite on the same day.
The second day which is Sunday, November 13, features a Marathon Race, Musician Entertainment, Award of Fellowship and Fund Raising. Day three of the celebration is scheduled for free medical checkups, while Local Diet Event, Artiste, Musical Performance and Drama event are slated for Day four.
Wednesday, November 16, is Youth activities/Children Day with features like Match Past, Cultural Display, Role Model Award, Miss Ikorodu Beauty Pageant and Body Building Competition, while Thursday, November 17, is reserved for the Market Men and Women in Ikorodu.
Networking/Re-Union Day is slated for Friday, November 18, it will feature events such as Ikorodu Public, Civil Service/Award and Health Talk.
The grand finale will comes up on Saturday, November 19, and will feature activities such as homage to Oba Kabiru Shotobi by clubs and associations, merit award, fund-raising, Community Development Association (CDA)/Community Development Committee (CDC) and Social Party.
Otunba Oyebola stated further that IKODASS has in the last twenty-five years contributed to Ikorodu development socially, culturally and economically.
“Apart from promoting and preserving our socio-cultural values, Ikorodu-Oga Day has provided opportunity for improved social interactions among the indigenes of Ikorodu and cordial relationship between indigenes and non-indigenes. It has also sustained our conscious effort of maintaining our pride of place in the scheme of things in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“Ikorodu-Oga Day has continued to grow each year since 1992 and has become well known at home and abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom and United States.
“Over the years, successive Executive committee of Ikorodu-Oga Day Association (IKORDASS) had kept faith with its objective of contributing its quota to the desired socioeconomic transformation of our area in particular and Nigeria in general. IKORDASS has been able to prove itself as catalyst for growth in view of a successful staging of tourism oriented culture affairs, infrastructural development, educational advancement, support, programmes, political, security of lives and property etc.” said the Chairman.
The Chairman also listed other achievements of the body for the past 25years to include education support for the indigent students in tertiary institutions, renovation of infrastructures in some primary and secondary schools, laying of IKODASS Civic centre, sinking of borehole at Ikorodu Lagos State Library, fixing of water tank at Ikorodu General HoSPital and construction of public toilets at Obun-Ale and Ejina markets among others.
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