LCDA: Irekari community submits memorandum
By Mary Agidi
The Irekari axis of the Ose Local government area of Ondo State has submitted Memorandum for the proposed creation of Irekari Local Council Development Area.
Prior to the submission of the memorandum at the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Irekari LCDA Planning Committee had addressed journalists about the development and described the merger of the defunct Irekari district council with Ekamarun as two parallel lines that made Ose Local Government.
The Chairman, Planning Committee of the proposed Irekari LCDA, Asiwaju Dele Olapeju noted that the aspiration to get a local council is to gain liberty from the marginalisation, economic deprivation and political annihilation under Ose Local government.
“We trust that Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, the Executive governor of Ondo State would write his name in gold by being the man God will use.
Speaking, the Alaani of Idoani, Oba Olufemi Olutoye described the governor as a man of integrity who never break promises.
His words: “Despite several agitations for the unbundling of the Ose Local Government into two unique and distinct councils, our prayers are yet to be answered. We of the Irekari Communities have taken our destinies into our hands, hence, this renewed quest.
“Our population continues to become depleted owing to the migration of our youthful population for gainful employment in urban areas. We believe this can be reversed if our Local Council Development Area comes on stream”. He said.
He however assured that the proposed LCDA will not be part of the failing system of local administration which largely depends on vouchers from the federal government, but the one that would be private sector and agro allied driven.
Also, the Onidogun of Idogun, Oba Moses Bakare, the Alafo of Afo, Oba S.A Egunjobi and the Onimeri of Imeri, Oba Babatunde Adeniran all appealed to the governor to grant their request, lamenting the distance they pass before getting to Ifon, the Ose Local Government headquarters to attend to official matters.
They described the merger as a great punishment, and assured that the area is fertile for agriculture and possesses untapped mineral resources that would be harnessed to develop the council.
“The members of the traditional Council within the Irekari Communities are resolutely committed and determined that during our own time as traditional rulers, the dreams of our forefathers will continue to reality”, says the Alaani.