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Olubadan, CCII, Senator, ex-Oyo SSG, set agenda for future of Ibadan

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From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

stakeholders in Ibadan, including the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Mohood Olalekan Balogun, on Tuesday met and set agenda for the future of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the areas of economic development, , health, politics, governance, and other important and sub-sectors.

The stakeholders also included the former Secretary to Oyo State Government and Maye Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Sharafadeen Alli; President-General, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Oluyemisi Adeaga; Senator Kola Balogun, representing Oyo South senatorial in the Assembly; President, Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State, Mashud Abass; former first lady of Oyo State and Agbaakin of Ibadanland, Chief (Mrs.) Mutiat ; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Otunba Kalejaiye; as well as Oyo State chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ademola Babalola.

They during a public lecture, entitled: ‘Ibadan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’, organised by the Oluseye Ojo-led Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ, Oyo State Council, held at the , Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Wednesday, in commemoration of 100 days on the throne by the Olubadan.

According to Alli, the Oyo South senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who delivered the lecture, the leadership of Ibadanland has set up neighborhood security , to tackle civil disturbance, gangsterism and hooliganism that have constituted security threats to the future of the city. He added that Ibadan indigenes are a way to insulate every occupier of Olubadan stool from unwholesome interference from any government in power in the state that could bring ridicule to the throne and natives of Ibadan

“Today, our fathers, the High are the heads of the traditional councils of the 11 local government areas in Ibadanland. We are also thinking of ways of instituting reforms for that and a lot of work is being done by the Olubadan and his council. One of the things we are looking at is having things that will fetch money for the institution and as such, no governor or anybody will be able to say or do anything to the Olubadan.

“The fate of Ibadanland has been left too long in the hands of nobody. But, today we have the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) that is doing these things. Also, we have the native security network in Ibadan; those of us in town will know the effect of some of these things. This is because we all have a focus for the Ibadan of tomorrow. We took a cue from the governors of the South West in setting up to say let us have our own neighbourhood security network. We are working with the police and Amotekun to ensure that this works.”

The President-General of CCII, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga, who said efforts were being put in place to complete the new Olubadan palace at Oke-Aremo, Ibadan, this year, stated that he wants to see Ibadan natives, contesting to become president of Nigeria and for Ibadan, the capital of , to be upgraded to the status of state like Kano and Enugu, that were capitals of Northern and Eastern Regions respectively.

According to him, “Security is a technical issue and it is not at all about physical assault. A lot of things are being deployed to resolve security challenges. Apart from the psychological aspect of it, there’s deployment of IT for solution to security challenges. Even at Ibadan level, we have a network of security revolving round  all Mogaji(compound heads), baales (village heads) and chiefs of Ibadanland.

“Nearly environment where there’s security challenge, it is not always difficult to zero in on place that environment because the Mogajis are involved, they know their people. It is not always difficult to track people in such areas and that is why the incidences are reducing. As regards external attack and when it comes to external attack, that is where we have the security fill challenges, you cannot control people entering the country.”

Senator Kola Balogun, noted that Ibadan of the past consisted of great warriors that stopped the war to capture Yorubaland by Fulani Jihadist many years ago, and he wants Ibadan Airport to become an international airport to serve as an alternative to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. He said nobody is fight physical war again, urging the people of Ibadanland, especially the youth, to engage in intellectual battles, rather than hooliganism, gangsterism, civil (Ija igboro) that is regarded as the of Ibadan.

The Olubadan, Oba Balogun, who was represented by the Osi-Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Lateef Adebimpe Gbadamosi, commended the Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ in the state for organising the lecture to celebrate 100 days of the new Olubadan on the throne, saying such was unprecedented in Ibadan.

The former First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs. Mutiat Ladoja, who was represented by a former state director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu, and representative of Otunba Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN); Mashud Abass; and Oyo NUJ chairman, Ademola Babalola, also spoke extensively on the kind of future that Ibadan indigenes must desire and work to achieve.

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