Lagos @50 Celebration: Ijede, Egbin, Igbogbo Showcase Cultural Heritages At Community Day
-Governor assures of inclusive government.
Participants at the Community Day/Lagos State Carnival held, Saturday, May 13, 2107, at Civil Service Model College, Igbogbo, were given glimpse of the rich cultural heritages in Ikorodu division.
Zangbetto and Eiye Obateru (Obateru’s bird) groups from Egbin kingdom, Jigbo from Ijede and Apepe group from Igbogbo left many residents and guests who were probably seeing these performances for the first time in the division in awe.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was represented at the Celebrations by Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Lagos State.
Other dignitaries that graced the occasion were Hon. (Chief) Adebimpe Akinsola, acting Commissioner for Tourism & Special Adviser for Arts & Culture, Lagos State, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, first Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun and HRM Oba Semiudeen Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo.
The Community Day and Carnival Celebrations was held simultaneously in 20 venues spread across the local governments in the State and featured series of fanfare activities including parade of various street carnival group parade, traditional dancers, children calisthenics display, dance competitions, among others.
In his address, the Governor assured that his administration will continue to run an all inclusive government where all Lagosians can have and feel a sense of belonging regardless of party affiliation, creed or colour.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Civil Model College, Igbogbo, said that through the various infrastructural upgrade in areas that were hitherto neglected, Government was demonstrating that Lagos is a State of inclusion in which all law-abiding, hardworking and honest persons will earn their fair rewards.
He said: “Almost two years after you gave our party, the All Progressives Congress your vote, the majority who had their way and the minority who had their say can attest to the fact that our government has operated like the sun that shines brightly on everybody.”
While pledging his administration’s commitment to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy, the Governor attributed the successes the State has recorded in the last 50 years to the good citizens who see Lagos as “a collective responsibility, an unfinished business that is always developing capacity to serve the citizens by making them safer, happier and wealthier”
Governor Ambode also said that the efforts of law abiding citizens have given his administration the confidence and courage to boldly combat the problems confronting the State.
“Whether it is crime, filth or social nuisance, we have left no stone unturned because you have entrusted to us your lives, day and night. I pledge, here and again, that we shall never betray that trust.
“So let us be merry even as we re-dedicate ourselves to the journey towards greater prosperity that lies ahead of us. Let our communities help our Local Council Development Areas and our Local Government Areas to rise to the challenge of a greater Lagos of our dreams”.
He said the Community Day Celebration was devoted to acknowledging the millions of families who live together and work together to create communities of peace and bliss and who according to him is the most important asset.
“It is a duty we owe because you are the men and women who hold this State together; you are the workers who keep the industries running; the traders who make our markets boom; the public officials who support us to render services. Among you here today are people of diverse professions, religions and ethnic backgrounds. We are all united by the great citizenship that residing in Lagos State confers.
“I thank you for shouldering the responsibilities of the good citizen of Lagos State. The citizen who is registered as a resident, pays taxes, obeys our laws, supports our policies, protects our projects and comes to the rescue of his neighbour in danger,” Governor Ambode said.
Also speaking, Hon. Akinsola stated that the carnival is way of making the Lagos @50 Celebrations an all Lagosians affairs. She added that the present administration would continue to bring about developmental activities to every parts of the state.
Asiwaju Basorun in his own stated that the Lagos @50 celebrations is to reflect on what Lagos has been able to achieve and project for the future. He enjoined the Community Central Committees (CDCs) and Community Development Associations (CDAs) not to relent in partnering with the government for development.
Oba Kasali asked the residents to give maximum support to the government its effort to executive its laudable projects in Ikorodu. He also stated that the royal fathers in the division are ready and prepared to frontally confront crime and criminalities in any guise.
Meanwhile, many participants at the ceremony has stated that the clashing of the celebration with Oro festival in Ikorodu took away many colours that would have been added to the event.
Also in attendance were Yeye Asiwaju Basorun, Sole Administrator, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Mr Segun Anifowoshe, Sole Administrator, Ikorodu West LCDA, Alhaja Shukurat Okeowo, Sole Administartor, Ikorodu North LCDA, Mr Olufemi Okedeyi Okedeyi, Sole Administartor, Imota LCDA and Mr Emmanuel Aguda, Sole Administrator, Ijede LCDA, High Chief Musediq Alliu, Regent/Olisa of Ijede, High Chief Tajudeen Alade Onasanya, the Odofin of Igbogbo, CDCs and CDAs executives among many others