Sanwo-Olu assures of accelerated infrastructure devt. as Lagos stood still for new Oloworo of Oworoshoki
Commercial activities were on Saturday brought to a standstill in Oworoshoki, Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State as prominent Nigerians and thousands of guests stormed community to celebrate the coronation of the new monarch of the kingdom, His Royal Majesty Oba Babatunde Saliu, who ascended the throne of his forebears.
The event held three months after his installation and five days after emerging from the mandatory 90 days in seclusion (ipebi) at the sand field area of the community amidst pomp and pageantry.
Among the guests and dignitaries that grace the event from far and near were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II); Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Fatai Aromire; Osolo of isolo, Oba Kabir Agbabiaka; Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi; Olofin Adimula of Isheri Olofin, Oba Sulaimon Bamgbade and Oniru of Iru, Oba Gbolahan Lawal among others.
Others are the Executive Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Barrister Moyosore Ogunlewe and members of Lagos State Association of Council Vice Chairmen (LASACVC), as well as member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Omoba Olumuyiwa Sosanya, who was the father of the day.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bolaji Robert, assured residents of the community of more dividends of democracy in terms of huma n capacity development and infrastructural development.
He stated that the installation of the new monarch was in line with the registered declaration regulating the selection of Oba in Lagos state.
“I want to congratulate you once again Oba Saliu and the entire sons and daughters of Oworonshoki land. I assure you that this administration will continue to accord this community like all others the attention you deserve in terms of infrastructure, economic empowerment, human capital development and security,” he said.
The governor also commended the kingmakers, elders of kingdom as well as the ruling houses for the peace and mutual understanding that characterised the process that led to the installation of the new king.
He, however, advised residents of the community to rally round their new leader in achieving the peace, prosperity and progress that Oworo community deserved.
Addressing guest in Yoruba, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II) in his remark congratulated the community for the new monarch and expressed delight at his ascending to the throne of his forebears.
Oba Ogunwusi stated that he had about 20 years working relationship with the Kingdom of Oworonshoki and was happy that the person that facilitated the relationship is now the king.
He urged the community to rally round the new monarch for peace, and prosperity and accelerated development.
In his vote of thanks, Oba Saliu thanked the dignitaries for attending his coronation ceremony. He particularly thanked the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the prominent role he played in his success story.
He also thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for starting the rehabilitation of four roads in the community.
“We thank the state government for starting this great work in our area and we are still appealing for more infrastructural projects to ensure more developments in the community
“Oworonshoki is home to over one million people but has been at the receiving end of an infrastructural deficit. Within a few months of my ascension, the Lagos state government has begun the rehabilitation of four roads in Oworonshoki.
“I commend the state government for this project I, however, want to use this medium to seek intervention in the rehabilitation of other key roads,” the new monarch stated.
He assured residents of rapid infrastructure development to make the community livable
With fuji music maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (K1 De Ultimate) on the band stand and humour merchant, Gbenga Adeyinka as the compere, guests where entertained with dance and laughter.