By Benjamin Njoku
The people of Ibeju-Lekki, along the Lekki-Ajah expressway, Lagos, are bound to heave a sigh of relief as a foundation that would launch them into the mainstream development agenda of the area gets under way. The foundation, powered by Prince Ademuyiwa Oniwonlu, a descendant of the ruling clan in Ibeju Lekki, is being established to take development to the grass roots.
Specifically, the foundation will serve as agent of transformation and a bridge between the influx of investors in the area and the natives. Scheduled for launch on Thursday, May 26, Oniwonlu said Ibeju Lekki, which was one of the four local government areas created in 1990, in Lagos State, by the then Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, has witnessed tremendous development over the years. This followed the state government’s decision to make the area its next investment destination. While intimating the press last week about the foundation, Prince Oniwonlu expressed his heart-felt love for his people. He disclosed that his decision to set up the foundation was borne out of the need to reunify his people as well as re-establish their collective objectives for the sake of their future and that of their unborn children. “After several and extensive consultations with our royal fathers including, the Onibeju of Ibeju, HRM Oba Rafiu Olusegun Salami; the Onilekki of Lekki, HRM Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun; the Onise of Ise land, HRM Oba Abdul-Ganiu Adebowale Adegbesan; the Onimedu of Orimedu,HRM Oba Hamzat Atiku; the Onitedo of Itedo, HRM Oba Tajudeen Elemoro and members of our community, such as civil servants, political figures among others, it was popularly accepted that a common platform and front for our people is long overdue. This necessitated the glorious formation of the Ibeju-Lekki Development Foundation,”he said.