The co-chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Dr. (Mrs) Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, has sued for peace among indigenes of Ikenne-Remo in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State over the Alakenne stool.
Dr Awolowo Dosumu said this in her address as the chairman of the grand finale of the 40th Ereke Day celebrations held on Saturday at the Obafemi Awolowo Square, Ikenne.
This is just as VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo, speaking at the same event revealed that Ikenne Remo would soon become an industrial hub.
Dr Awolowo Dosumu, in her speech at the annual event, explained that the conflict surrounding the Alakenne stool in the last 30 years required understanding from all and sundry.
The former Ambassador to The Netherlands noted that all issues surrounding the stool must be resolved in the overall development of the town.
“It would be disingenuous of me to end these brief remarks without mentioning the conflict that has ravaged our community for well over 30 years. I refer to the issue of the dispute over the Alakene stool.
“This is neither the time nor place to launch into a narrative about the issues in contention. The goal of resolving conflict is not victory or defeat. It is about reaching understanding and letting go of our need to be right.
“I pray that the peace process that has already begun will take us forward into the phase of compromise and consensus-building and that peace will reign, once again in our beloved town.”
She commended the sense of commitment of sons and daughters of the town towards its development.
Dr Awolowo Dosumu described the annual celebration as a rallying point and unifying force, saying it was an example of the wisdom inherent in the concept of institution-building as a strategy for enduring community service and development.
President of Ikenne Development Association (IDA), Chief Olusola Odumosu, said his administration would establish projects that would have positive impact on the community.
Odumosu, however, expressed the displeasure of the entire community over the relocation of Obafemi Awolowo College of Basic Medical Sciences to Sagamu.
He noted that the action by the Governing Council of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago -Iwoye, was unacceptable to the community.
He called for the support of indigenes of the town towards the completion of the Ereke Civic Centre and other projects that would be beneficial to the people.
Father of the day, Dr. Babatunde Onafowokan, told the gathering that the whole essence of the celebration was towards the development of the town.
Onafowokan said that a world-class health care facility would be established soon in the town.
In attendance at the celebration were the chairman of ANN Plc, Reverend (Mrs) Omotola Oyediran; Chief (Mrs) Bola Doherty, Princess Adebisi Sangodoyin; representative of the Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Sunday Esan; Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), Chief Kunle Sofola, Mr. Olumide Sofowora (SAN), among others.
Osinbajo, in his brief remarks, said that the town would witness tremendous growth in years to come.
Osinbajo, accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, explained that industries have continued to spring up in the town and solicited the support of sons and daughters to take the town to greatness.
He added that the town had a great history having produced the like of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and several other eminent indigenes, who have distinguished themselves in various callings.
“This town is great and it will continue to be greater. Already, we are beginning to see signs of greatness. All we are trying to do is to bring industries to Ikenne and I believe that before the end of the year, we will have recorded successes.
“We have a bag training centre here in Ikenne and we are able to export them. I am looking forward to the cooperation of all to be united to bring this town to the path of greatness.
“We must try to maximise any advantage and opportunity. We have a great history. It is from here that we have the icon, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.”
Highlight of the celebration was the presentation of a brand new car to the winner of the 2016 Miss Ereke Day celebrations, Miss Zainab Agbenla.