Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has urged the
Federal government to fix the Lagos – Badagry road, saying such move
will boost the Nigerian economy and further expose the tourism
potentials of Badagry as a whole.
Speaking during the 2019
edition of the Olokun Festival in Badagry, Adams expressed worry over
the closure of the Nigeria – Benin border,insisting that the closure of
the border was suspicious, with huge implications on the entire
“The road leading to Badagry town and its environs are
in deplorable stage and nobody even cares.For the past seven years,
this town had been abandoned with little facilities I have said it
severally that this road is bad.
The road has become death traps
for commuters plying the road daily. For instance, traveling between
Badagry and Mile 2 has always been an unpleasant experience these days.
Imagine the kind of impression this would have on foreigners and tourists coming through west African coast to Badagry”,he said.
Yoruba leader, also lamented that the closure of the border will
definitely affect the people in the South than any other regions.
is unfortunate that the Nigeria – Benin border had to be shut, however,
the closure seems suspicious to me because the borders in the North
still operate conveniently without anybody blinking an eye. This
portends grave danger to us as a people because the economic
implications of the border closure will largely affect us more in the
southwest than any other regions.
He, however, urged the Federal
government, to as a matter of urgency, re-open the border and make sure
that the necessary arrangements are made to forestall illegal smuggling
of rice and other valuables into the country.
” We can reduce the
unlawful smuggling of rice and other items into the country. It
involves proper planning and documentation from the Nigerian government
and the officials, including the Immigrations and the Customs must be up
and doing in ensuring that the law is effective.”
Iba Gani Adams
also appealed to the southwest governors to join him in projecting the
cultural identity of the Yoruba race to the world
His words, :”
Through cultural festivals such as this, we can gradually begin to
change the narratives. We can begin to project the image of our country
positively to the world. Therefore, I am making a clarion call to all
Yoruba sons and daughters to continually promote the policy thrust and
development agenda of the OFF
“Together we must build our tourism
potentials and provide opportunities for our people to explore the
world, using cultural tourism as template for growth and development. It
is also very important for all the governors in all the states in the
southwest to invest in education and agriculture, in order to ensure
quality education and food security.
“Our governors should also
provide enabling environment for the creation of a bustling tourism
sector that would see the southwest states becoming the nation’s
destination of choice, and ensure the full exploitations of our mineral
resources for wealth creation.”,he explained.
Akran of Badagry,
Oba De-Wheno Aholu (OFR), in his remarks, said despite the fact that the
Badagry has a rich history, both the state and the Federal government
have abandoned the town with no formidable facilities, lamenting that
the road leading to the town had been left unattended to.
road is bad. And I am not happy with the situation of the road. Coming
to Badagry now is a hell, because people spend hours before getting to
this place. As the royal father of this town, I am using this
opportunity to appeal to the government to help fix this road so that
Nigerians and other tourists could have access to Badagry”
me also appreciate Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, and all members of the
Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) and the Olokun Festival Foundation for
sustaining this festival for the past 18 years. They have done well for
us as a race. And I think they deserve to be honoured and
Meanwhile, the Guest lecturer, Professor
Oladele Orimogunje, from the Department of Linguistic, University of
Lagos, praised the efforts of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and the
chief promoter of the festivals, Iba Gani Adams for championing the
cause, and promoting the Yoruba culture and tradition,adding that such
effort will definitely enrich the minds of the young generation of
people about the various beliefs and traditions of the Yoruba race.
said there should be adequate provision of social services like basic
education and healthcare to Nigerians, stressing that Nigeria must
embrace the idea of a knowledge economy, where quality education is
cheap and affordable to all and sundry.
“What we needed most at
this moment is a knowledge economy, where quality education is cheap and
affordable to all and sundry. A situation whereby a large number of our
youths are unemployed and a few of them that are working are doing so
under a very precarious condition is bad”
“Our leaders must be
proactive in the way they handle sensitive business of governance,
because unless the ruling class commits public resources to public need,
the future of the Nigerian youths is bleak” he said.
guests present at the event, include the Jagun of Oyo,Chief Ayoade
Adewuyi, Parakoyi Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland,Prof Raheem Kolawole,Osi
Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland Chief Gani Kayode Balogun,Africa Union
coordinator of the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) Mr Segun
Ogunpitan,Fiwagboye of Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Ebudola
Odedina, Oba Abdul Wahab Adio Ogunji, Papayiketa from Benin Republic,
Oba Abdul Lateef Olagoke, the Onilala of Lanlate land. Others are Oba
Oluyemisi Oyeyemi, Alado of Ado Awaye, Oyo state, Chief Oyegbemile
Adelodun, Basorun of Iseyin land,Oba Alabi Ademola, Onikoyi of Oyuidiah,
Benin Republic, and Chief Sulaimon Olanrewaju, the Akiisi of Iseyin
land among others.