Traditional rules lead subjects to protest location of LCDA headquarters in Ekiti

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Traditional rulers of seven communities in Ikole-West Local Council Development Area of Ekiti, led their subjects on a peaceful protest to express dissatisfaction to locate the headquarters in Ijesa-Isu-Ekiti.

They appealed to the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi to relocate the headquarters from Ijesa-Isu-Ekiti to Usin-Ekiti, accusing some powerful forces behind the action.

Speaking at the temporary secretariat of the LCDA located at Asin-Ekiti, the spokesperson of the communities, Dr Lanre Ayejuyo, described the development as injustice and unfair.

“Locating the headquarters at Ijesa-Isu-Ekiti against the interest of seven other communities is injustice.

“But we are just appealing to Governor Kayode Fayemi and the Chairman, LCDA creation committee to consider our initial proposal which was defended at the House of Assembly that the headquarters of the council be sited at Usin-Ekiti.

In his submission, the Chairman, Ikole West LCDA Implementation Committee, Mr Bayo Ayeni said, “We have been on this struggle since 2014 during Governor Kayode Fayemi’s first tenure.

“We presented our memo, which contained our demands, before the government when the LCDA idea was being proposed.

“We even provided infrastructure, including a befitting edifice for the take-off of the council secretariat before the last administration truncated the process,”he said.

The traditional rulers, who took time to address the protesters, thanked the people for their peaceful conduct and urged them not to take the law into their hands by resorting to violence.

“We are in support of your rightful agitation because it is your future that is at stake and your inalienable right to self-determination.

“I assure you that our amiable governor has no hand in this purported siting of the council secretariat at Ijesa-Isu-Ekiti, which to me is at best.

“But we want to assure you that this is an error that cannot see the light of the day,”the traditional rulers said.

But the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda, in his reaction, said the secretariat of the LCDA Committee is looking into their agitations and would do Justice to all communities with complaints.

He advised the people of the seven communities to be patient, saying that “a decision will be made to rectify all anomalies in the creation of the LCDAs.

“Please wait for Governments decision, but we appreciate your peaceful way of showing your displeasure,”he said.

The Ekiti LCDA bill was passed by the Ekiti House of Assembly on Aug. 4 and signed into law on Aug. 6 by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.

Other highlights of the protest were speeches by various groups including, women, youths, and some selected residents.

They all argued that making Ijesa-Isu-Ekiti the headquarters would not bring the required and desired development to their towns.

The traditional rulers that led their subjects are: Olusin of Usin-Ekiti, Oba Adedeji Oluyemi, Asaba of Isaba-Ekiti, Oba Olanrewaju Adeyanju, Olotunja of Ootunja-Ekiti, Oba Adedeji Fagbamila, Alasin of Asin-Ekiti, Oba Abraham Babalola, Obaloke of Igbona-Ekiti, Oba Oladele Adeyemi and Alamo of Ilamo-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Awoseyila and Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ekiti, all in Ikole West LCDA.

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