The Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adejimi Adu, has sought the support of indigenes of the community in the quest for its development.
Oba Adu made the call while addressing the people of the community, who trooped out in their numbers to join him as he marked the beginning of another year during ljesu Oba (Odun Ijesu) festival.
At the ceremony which took pace in his palace, Oba Adu prayed for peace, tranquility and overall development of the community and called for the people’s prayers as they support the town in its pursuit for development.
The event was attended by the deputy governor of the state, Dr Kolapo Olusola; the Chairman of Ikere Local Government Area, Mr. Ola Alonge; Provost, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Dr. Mojisola Oyarekua; the two House of Assembly members from the community, Wale Ayeni and Sunday Akinniyi.
The monarch, who received homage from traditional chiefs, age-grade groups, market women, local hunters, oloris, artisan associations, non-indigenous residents in the town and other guests, also thanked the state government for its support.
He acknowledged the support of Governor Ayo Fayose and his deputy in bringing development to the town through the execution of key capital projects which had made life comfortable for residents.
He said the development witnessed in Ikere since his ascencion of the throne was made possible as a result of the love, support and cooperation he enjoyed from his subjects, noting that there is more to be done to make the town a model in Ekiti State.
He further called on well-meaning Ikere indigenes within and outside the community to think of what they can do for their hometown, especially in relation to the creation of jobs for the younger generation.
Oba Adu said: “We have a lot of projects that are still ongoing like road projects, the city hall among others. I want us to unite and support our local government chairman in carrying out these projects.
“Let us love one another, nobody will develop our community for us except we develop it by ourselves. I appreciate all sons and daughters of Ikere for their support since I ascended the throne.”
An elder in the community, Mr Debo Adeyeye, who spoke on behalf of the people, praised the traditional ruler for donating a state-of -the -art palace to the community, building a modern shopping mall among others.
He said: “As the second largest town in Ekiti, we have never had it so good. Within a year of his reign, the state government has started giving us a dual carriageway; personally, he has donated a multimillion naira palace to the community among others.
“Every association and society in the land even people from neighbouring towns such as Ado Ekiti, Ise, Ilawe and Emure are here today to behold the beauty of our festival and the new development in this kingdom.”