As Ode-Aye community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State is set for its annual Layelu Day this Saturday, the gateway town to Ikale has rolled out its monumental achievements since the commencement of the celebration 39 years ago.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National President of Fusion of Aye Development Associations (FOADA), Chief Henry Olatujoye.
According to the statement, the grand finale of the day which will hold at Layelu Hall ground, Ode-Aye will be a celebration of royalty, culture and tradition of the Aye kingdom, as donations for developmental projects will also be made by the sons and daughters of the town.
“Some of the developmental projects achieved through the celebration include the Layelu Hall, the ongoing construction of the Oba’s Palace, the establishment of Layelu Microfinance Bank Limited, the funding of the Aye Skill Acquisition Centre, the running of a community library.
“The annual Layelu celebration held every second week of November in the last thirty-nine (39) years is a week-long activity which culminates in the final Layelu Day. It provides an opportunity for the sons and daughters of the kingdom who have travelled from far and near to gather together and rub minds on how to develop their community.
“The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Going Forward’ because Ode-Aye Kingdom has decided to go forward in developing their community even in the face of daunting challenges.
“Ode-Aye Kingdom is an agrarian community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. Aye is the second-largest community after Okitipupa in the LGA. Ode-Aye, the economic and administrative centre of the kingdom is centrally located within the communities that make up the kingdom.
“Ode-Aye popularly referred to as the Gateway to Ikale Land is the first major town when entering into Ikale Land from Ore town.
“Activities lined up for day include musical culture, friendly football match final on Thursday to be followed on Friday by an interactive session where community leaders will discuss to chart a way forward in the needed development of the community.” It stated.
A lecture titled ‘Alternative dispute resolution as opposed to litigation’ will be delivered by a legal practitioner, Felix Ogunmade at the Layelu hall and a programme for ladies and women awareness will also take place on Wednesday the
There will be a thanksgiving service at the Cherubim and Seraphim Zion Church, Ode-Aye on November 12, 2023.