28TH OKE-IGBO DAY: Ooni, Akeredolu, Oyerinmade, Others Key into a New Oke-Igbo Project

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  • As Oluoke Recounts Giant Strides

By Yemi Akintomide

Thousands of sons and daughters of Oke-Igbo, an ancient town in Ileoluji/Oke-Igbo council area of Ondo State, on Saturday, gathered at the open field of the Town-Hall to celebrate the 28th edition of annual Oke-Igbo Day.

The royal father of the hilly town, HRM. Oba Lawrence Oluwole Babajide (Bamigbala 1), the Oluoke of Oke-Igbo was in high spirit as he proudly recounted some unique achievements and giant strides recorded since his three years reign as the traditional ruler, with a rebirth of New Oke-Igbo.

Sharing in the joy of the Monarch and the entire indigenes of the town, HIM. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife who doubled as the royal father of the day, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and an illustrious son of Oke-Igbo, Mathew Oye Oyerinmade, famously called Mato, the chief launcher at the ocassion, all hailed the monarch exemptionary leadership qualities, expecially the concept of a New Oke-Igbo (Oke-Igbo Tuntun).

According to Oba Oluwole Babajide, “it is pleasant to note that virtually all indigenes of Oke-Igbo, both home and abroad have aligned themselves with the New Oke-Igbo mantra.

“There is no doubt that ‘Oke-Igbo Tuntun’ has gained so much traction that nothing can clog it wheels. It is my prayer that the Lord will grant us all the enablement to deepen our patriotic interests in our community.”

The monarch went ahead to recount some developmental achievements of his reign, stressing that all hands must be on desk to “build Oke-Igbo of our dream that will be an envy of our peers.”

Some of the achievements of the Monarch three years on the throne included; 2.5Km township road projects of Akeredolu led State Government that is 70% completed; Refurbished moribund water corporation, renovated and commissioned; the birth of LOBREM MF BANK, a microfinance bank for Oke-Igbo been commissioned with two standard ATM machines, ready for use soon.

Others are; completion of first phase of the ultra modern Oluoke Palace commissioned in July this year; completed office for Divisional Police in the town in 2020; commissioned of Secretariat for Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) built in 2021; installation of CCTV cameras inside Oluoke Palace; award of scholarship to both secondary and University students by Oba Olu Babajide Annual Scholarship Award and other scholarship schemes; other private developmental projects by Indegenes of the town.

In his Goodwill message, Oba Ogunwusi promised to key into the New Oke-Igbo project, adding that Ile-Ife will remains the big brother to the ancient town in order to fast track social and political development of Oke-Igbo town.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN while affirming his commitment towards massive infrastructure development of Oke-Igbo, noted that the town has always been his second home, with his undieing love for the late famous writer from the town, Chief D.O Fagunwa.

Chief launcher for this year Oke-Igbo Day, Mathew Oyerinmade, Mato thanked the king, organisers and all Indegenes of Oke-Igbo for the honour bestow on him, as he announced the sum of two million naira donation for developmental projects in the town.

Oyerinmade was abily accomplished and assisted to the ocassion by members of MATO Men of Valour (MMV) led by former member of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Bimbo Fajolu (Ileoluji/Oke-Igbo), former Speaker of ODSHA, Rt. Hon. Coker Malachi(Ilaje), Hon. Afolabi Iwalewa (Irele), Hon. Coker Anjorin (Ilaje)

  1. Chief Akeremale (Okitipupa), Hon. George Adenikinju (Odigbo), Hon. Victor Akinwe (Odigbo) and the administrative secretary of the group,
    Yemi Akintomide.

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