Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola
Modakeke community in Osun State has demanded on upgrade of its area office to a full local government area.
The Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Moses Oyediran, who spoke on behalf of the community appealed to the government at both federal and state levels to upgrade the area council because of the growing population and size of the community.
This was disclosed during an edition of Governor’s Family Meeting organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, and held at Modakeke Civic Center, Modakeke, Area Office.
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It will be recalled that Ife East Local Government Area Office, Modakeke, was created as a child of necessity following the recommendation of Chief Olabode George committee set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to broker peace between the people of Ile-Ife and Modakeke.
The area office formally took off on April 1, 2002 and made up of what is historically known and addressed as Modakeke Akoraye.
Modakeke population is estimated at over 100,000, more than some communities with a full-fledged local government system in the federation.
The monarch said the entire people of Modakeke could not wait to start enjoying the benefits of a local government administration, emphasising that granting the request would amount to giving succour to the long-term yearnings of the people.
Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser on Science and Innovation, Kareem Ismail, commended the people of Modakeke for their unwavering support to the administration of Oyetola, saying the government would stop at nothing in ensuring better life for all.
In his remarks, the representative of the governor, Special Adviser on Civic Engagement to the governor, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the commitment of Oyetola administration to ensuring inclusive and participatory governance necessitated the programme.
“Oyetola has resolved to ingrain the best standard of democratic practice in the state governance where people’s demands and opinions would serve as an input mechanism in the policy formulation”, he said.
Oyintiloye implored the people to sustain their support for Oyetola’s administration, assuring them that their demands would be given adequate consideration.