Nigeria: Modakeke Gets Area Office, Ends Self Rule

By Hammed Bodunrin, 2 April 2002

Osogbo — Osun State Government yesterday inaugurated an area office in Ife East Local Government for the people of Modakeke, appointing Mr. Claudius Alabi, a civil servant and a native, as its area officer.

Yesterday’s inauguration which was attended by thousands of joyous people of Modakeke thus marked the end of the ‘self rule’ the community declared a month ago when the area office had not been established.

The self-rule, led by Mr. Yekeen Awopetu, the community explained, was as a result of government’s reluctance to establish an area office in Modakeke as agreed to in an earlier peace commission reports aimed at ending the Ife/Modakeke feud.

The state government, few weeks ago approved the establishment of the area office to take effect from April 1, 2002 advising the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, to facilitate the inauguration before yesterday.

The monarch could not go on the account of “not being a political office.”

Speaking at the occasion, elated Ogunsua of Modakeke, Chief Francis Adedoyin, said his community would become a role model to others in the shortest possible time with the creation of an area office.

Ogunsua, who described the occasion as “one of the best days in my life,” expressed his appreciation to the Ooni of Ife as well as the state governor for allowing the establishment pledging the “small” opportunity would produce a “big” result.

The area officer, Alabi, told the gathering that he was on an appointment to run the area office via posting, promising to work hard to ensure that the area was developed and remain peaceful.

He explained that it would not be difficult to collect taxes and other rates in the area for the development of the inhabitant as expected of his committee.

The chairman of the ‘self rule’ government in his “handing over” address said in the last one month, his committee had been able to embark on electrification projects “at Olorunsogo and Better Life Market, Odo-Okun, Isale Ope and Onile Aran Olokuta to mention a few.”

He charged the area officer and his team to rehabilitate roads and health centres which he said had been abandoned for long.

Speaking with journalists later, former President of the Modakeke Progressive Union (MPU), Professor Wale Fadare, expressed optimism that the establishment of the area office would boost development and peace in the area.

He explained that the absence of the Ooni the occasion must be a good reason and should not in anyway be seen as his majesty’s disapproval.

“He is our royal father, we love and appreciate him, there must be a reason for his absence,” he said.

Other members of the team to steer the ship of the area office are Mr. R.A. Olabomi (secretary), Mr. Wahab Adetunji (member) and Chief Bisi Olanrewaju (member).

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