February 4, 2018

Monarch warns ‘occasional politicians’ to steer clear of Akoko

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

A FORMER Chairman of Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Adebori Adeleye, has lashed out at indigenes of the state who only come to their communities when seeking elective offices.

Adeleye, who is also the Olubaka of Oka-Akoko in Akoko Southwest council area of the state, specifically kicked against indigenes from Akokoland in that category.

He lamented that political office seekers  only limit their participation in development activities to political period.

Speaking during a reception organized for the Bobagunwa of Oka Akoko, Dr Olusegun Ategbole, who returned to the community after 30 years in United States of America (USA), the monarch bemoaned a situation where some people would only come to embark on development projects when they have political aspirations.

Adeleye, however, singled out Ategbole for his contributions to the development of the town even while sojourning in America.

Responding, Ategbole appreciated the people of the town for their goodwill towards him, saying this would spur him to contribute more to the development of the community.

On his next plan for the community, Ategbole said, “I want to develop our young people   in terms of their education. This is the road to development.  Again we want to empower youths and unemployed graduates in the town by providing various training for them which could turn them to employers of labour. I also want to see what I can do in terms of roads and some infrastructural facilities. The roads we have here are very bad.

“We will collaborate with the state government to develop these unemployed graduates through public private partnership programmes and projects to see what we can do to help them and reduce crime in our community because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop”.