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.