Awori Elders Urges Ogun Governor-Elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun To Lay To Rest, Infrastructural Decadence, Traditional Tussle And Unemployment Bedeviling Their People
By: Kayode Deborah
Awori elders in Ogun State on Tuesday, met with the Ogun Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun at his residence in Iperu-Remo to intimate him on lingering crisis bedeviling the Awori people in the state and prayed him to nip in the bud infrastructural deficits, unemployment, traditional crisis, land and communal clashes, among other woes which they are currently faced with upon his assumption in office.
The meeting, which was held at closed door and lasted for about 1hr:30 minutes, had the Ogun Governor-elect, his Deputy, Awori stakeholders, spanning across political, traditional and interest groups in attendance.
While speaking with VOA News correspondent shortly after the meeting, the President of Awori Natives Coalition, Mr. Oye Taiwo, said that the meeting was important in order to congratulate the Governor-elect on the success of his election, and also to thank him for his choice of Engr. Mrs Noimot Oyedele-Salako who according to him, is their daughter as his deputy.
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Mr. Taiwo further hinted that the development of Awori towns and villages was also discussed with the Governor-elect.
He assured that Prince Dapo showed interest in their yearnings and was willing to yield to the plights of Awori people during his tenure as the Governor of the state.
Meanwhile, a source, who was part of the meeting told our correspondent that the Balkanization of Awori Traditional institution through incessant illegal installation of Obas and Baales within Awori territories was discussed. Most especially, the long-awaited Awori Traditional Ruling Council, which has been long due.
It was also gathered that the elders admonished the Governor-elect to look in the direction of the Aworis in his appointment in that the Awori people have good qualifications and have gathered enough experience which can help him steer the wheel of good governance during his time as the next governor of the state.
It will be recalled that the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Hon. Chief Jide Ojuko, resigned his appointment over the directive of the outgoing governor of the state, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun on the installation of some monarchs in Awori domains, a move as described by him, that is against his conscience, the wish and yearnings of the people that he represented in the governor’s cabinet.
But the Commissioner dramatically returned to his office after the Governor allegedly rejected his resignation over assurance that he will further desist from using the Commissioner against his people, as described by Chief Ojuko in his letter.
Moreso, Igbesa and Ejila communities in Ado-Odo/Ota had earlier in the week, accused the state governor of conniving with the Chinese to encroach on over 1, 200 hectares of their land, destroying their cash crops and also threatening to deal with them.
VOA News gathered that the meeting was important in order to ask for what rightfully belongs to the Aworis as the bulk of internally generated revenue (IGR) comes from the area.
The meeting had in attendance the creme-de-la-creme in Awori land, some of whom included; the Deputy Governor-elect, Engr. Mrs Noimot Oyedele-Salako, former Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Kamal Akin Odunsi, former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, and the Asiwaju of Igbesa, Chief Mohammed Olagbaye, former Commissioner for Works in Ogun State, Hon. Waliu Layiwola Taiwo, former Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative in Ogun State, Chief Durojaiye Aiyedogbon, former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, a Chief from Igbesa, Chief Micheal Akingbade, the Seriki of Ota, High Chief Olanrewaju Taofeeq Bashorun, Lisa of Ota, High Chief Dayo Eleku, Oluwo-Itoki of Ota,
High Chief Ganiu Dada, President, Awori Natives Coalition, Mr. Oye Taiwo, Mrs Lola Otegola, among others.