By Kehinde Adejumo
The Ogbolu of Itaogbolu, Oba Idowu Faborode has called on the sons and daughters of the land to come home and develop the town, saying they do not have any other place other than Itaogbolu that they can call their own.
The Ogbolu lamented dearth community of infrastructural developments in the area he said development of an area should not be left in the hands of the government alone.
Itaogbolu, in Akure North Local Government is situated along Ado-Ekiti road and is about five minutes drive to Akure, the state capital. It was founded many years ago, it is one of the oldest towns in Akure Kingdom, founded by Ogbolu, the first child of the Alaafin of Oyo.
Speaking with Community Hope, Faborode said, when the Ogbolu left Oyo town, where he was apparent hair to the throne because of the allegation levelled against him that he was involved in slave trading. He migrated to Akure with his supporters.
He said , during the Aroo war in Akure land, Ogbolu was invited to assist them to fight the war because he was a great warrior that never loses any battle he fought. True to the people’s expectation of him, he defeated the Aroos and he was made the third in command to the Deji of Akure.
He established many markets, some of the markets are observed every five days while others are observed every nine days (Erekesan).
The monarch pleaded with the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration to come to their aid in developing the area as according to him, development is far from the area. “There is no potable water, the roads are bad and electricity supply is once in a while. If these social amenities are available, it will go a long way in reducing rural-urban migration. Many youths in the area have abandoned their vocations due to lack of electricity supply”.