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LAGOS TRADITIONAL RULER TASKS OBAS ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The
Paramount Ruler and Ojomu of Ajiranland in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of
Lagos State, His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye has called on
traditional rulers across the State to be actively involved in the development
of their communities, saying that the responsibility of improving communities
has been entrusted to them.

Oba
Akinloye expressed the belief that if every Oba can approach his
responsibilities with dedicated devotion, every community will reflect more
values and progress.

The
traditional ruler stated this on Tuesday during a Press Conference held at
Ojomu’s Palace in Ajiran, Eti-Osa area of the State, as part of the activities
lined up for the celebration of the 25th coronation anniversary of the Oba.

He
disclosed that one of the major highlights of 25th-anniversary celebration is
recognition of outstanding students and presentation of awards to the best
students from SS2 to SS3 in some selected public and private schools in
Eti-Osa, as part of efforts to motivate and ginger them to aim for higher
academic laurels and goals in life. 

Oba
Akinloye, a retired School Principal and a one-time Executive Secretary of
Eti-Osa Local Government Education Authority said that he considered three
major sectors – Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure – as very critical to
his reign as the Ojomu of Ajiranland since he ascended the throne of his
forefathers two and half decades ago, saying that he had since then pursued
these goals with utmost vigour.

He
recalled that close to three decades ago, Ajiranland comprising Ikota, Lafiaji,
Iberekodo, Idado and Baruwa, Okun-Afa, Igbo-Efon, Araromi, Agungi, Olugborogan
and Osapa and the entire Eti-Osa axis were noted as remote and distant
outskirts of the city of Lagos though potentially endowed with lagoon and
seaside regions.

“With
unflinching support and cooperation from the Oba Ojomu-in-Council, highly
progressive indigenes, residents and corporate bodies and especially the Lagos
State Government, Ajiranland has been transformed into a bustling and thriving
commercial and residential area, blessed with serene aquatic splendour”, Oba
Akinloye stated.

While
saying that Ajiranland is now a cosmopolitan city with over 200,000 residents
of different ethnic groups, the traditional ruler maintained that he
facilitated the establishment of a befitting skill acquisition centre in
partnership with Organisation for Research of World Peace, ORWP, an international
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO}, to address the issue of unemployment that
could come with the population explosion in the town.

He noted
that the skill acquisition centre started in 2003 and by 2018, the centre had
trained over three thousand students in textiles and paint manufacturing,
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), general agriculture, carpentry
and furniture among others and had produced graduates who are now gainfully
employed by corporate organisations within the Lekki Peninsula axis and beyond.

On health,
Oba Akinloye said, “In 2014, we inaugurated Ajiran Community Based Health
Insurance programme known as Ajiran Community Mutual Health Association,
registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC with nine-member Board of
Trustees. The people of Ajiranland had since the establishment of this
initiative been receiving medical attention at the Health Clinic”.

During the
celebration, the Royal Father is expected to donate food items, toiletries and
other items to motherless babies’ homes and other orphanages.  

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