The Ekiti Province Authorities has dismissed the rumour of the alter of the headquarters of the of late created Igbara Odo/Ogotun Local Council Evolution Area (LCDA).
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, during a coming together with leaders of the 2 towns clarified that the permanent LCDA headquarter remains Oke Agbe and has not been taken elsewhere.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said the coming together was called to douse the tension generated by lastly week’s protestation by some youths who blocked the major roads connecting the 2 towns over rumoured programme to relocate the LCDA headquarter.
The Deputy Governor used the forum to sentence the blockade of the highway and explained that Igbara Odo would only host the temporary secretariat pending the time a permanent secretariat would be ready at Oke Agbe, a boundary betwixt the 2 communities.
He warned that the province authorities would not flexure its arm and allow a breakdown of law and tell, molestation of law-abiding citizens and disruption of businesses and valid activities in the proper name of whatsoever protestation on the new LCDA.
The Deputy Governor called on the people of Igbara Odo Ekiti and Ogotun Ekiti to bring together hands for the smooth takeoff of the Igbara Odo/Ogotun Local Council Evolution Area (LCDA).
He said the new LCDA should unite the 2 communities to a greater extent and should not split up them adding that indigenes must work together to regard the LCDA as a catalyst for rapid social and economical evolution of the area.
The Deputy Governor appealed to the 2 parties to forget the yesteryear animosity, hatred, mutual distrust and suspicion urging eminent citizens from both sides not to allow hoodlums to unleash terrorism on the creation of the LCDA.
He said the Igbara Odo/Ogotun LCDA has the potentials to be one of the best and the most feasible of the 19 LCDAs of late created by a law passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by Governor Kayode Fayemi, judging by the availability of abundant human, natural and stuff resources.
Otunba Egbeyemi, notwithstanding, urged his guests to disregard whatsoever rumour or faux tidings on the purported alter of the LCDA headquarter.
The Deputy Governor maintained that the nowadays system of the temporary secretariat in Igbara Odo and permanent secretariat in Oke Agbe still subsists and remains unchanged as Oke Agbe remains the headquarter in line with enabling laws creating the LCDA.
Responding to claims that one of the triggers of the crisis was which town should create the firstly elected LCDA Chairman, the Deputy Governor advised the 2 communities to sit down downwardly and come up out with a documented understanding that is mutually acceptable to both sides in the involvement of peace.
The Igbara Odo community was represented by former old Ondo Province House of Assembly members and the Asamo of Igbara Odo, Primary Oyebanji Olowofela and a retired Permanent Secretarial assistant and former Commissioner for Labour and Human Working capital Evolution, Primary Oluwole Ariyo.
The Ogotun community was represented by former Ekiti Province House of Assembly fellow member and the Asiwaju of Ogotun Ekiti, Primary Abiola Olowookere and a academy don, Dr. Francis Ojo.
The 2 parties resolved to communicate the message of peace to their people and allow peace to reign to facilitate the successful take-off of the LCDA as directed by the authorities.
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