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Monarch hails Sanwo-Olu for building on Tinubu’s foundation


The monarch of Odoyangunsen in Eredo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, Otunba Francis Adebambo, has thanked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving his title.

He also expressed his profound gratitude to the governor for ensuring his membership of Epe Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs as the authentic leader of the ancient community.

The traditional ruler, a retired police officer, said since Sanwo-Olu became governor, he had been building on the foundation laid by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, by encouraging the uplift of culture and tradition of Lagos State as a whole and Epe division in particular.

He expressed happiness about being able to restore the title of Otunba after 22 years interregnum of having Baale as leader, “which is not a title befitting a prince with all royal paraphernalia.”

Adebambo said since he assumed the throne of his forefathers, he had moved his community forward in the area of providing infrastructures such as electricity and health facilities in conjunction with the LCDA and also in providing empowerment for youths, thus giving them opportunities to excel in their endeavours.

“According to history, Oba Orijeru of Igboye was our father. We are neighbours to Ilara Epe,” Otunba Adebambo said.

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He urged his subjects to support his efforts at developing their community.

The monarch used the opportunity to clarify that the land in Odoyangunsen is under the Otunba-in-council and recalled that he has been able to attract developers to the community like the proprietor of an international school, Mrs. Maria Uguoma, the Catholic Mission and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, among others.

He said he always drank from the knowledge reservoir of that great businessman, an Ilara Epe indigene, Chief Bakare Oluwalogbon.

The traditional ruler advised the Odoyangunsen Development Union (ODU) to forward its programme to Otunba-in-council for favourable consideration because his doors are always open for all to contribute to the community’s development.

“Genuine sons and daughters of Odoyangunsen are children of Osigade, an Igboye prince, who founded the town.

“We are a distinct community, but we enjoy good relationship with all Obas and members of Epe Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs,” he said.

Otunba Adebambo said the Oro Ikangba celebration, which belongs to the mother of Osigade, is a symbol of their traditional society, who actually hailed from Ijebu-Ode, by which he is destined to become an Oba in Odoyangunsen.

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