Oba Akinloye Tasks Monar­chs On More Pro­duc­tive Roles

• Marks 25th Coro­na­tion An­niver­sary On Oc­to­ber 23

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PALACE WATCH - By Gbenga Ak­in­fenwa

TOjomu of Aji­ran­land, His Royal Majesty Alaiyeluwa Oba Ti­jani Ade­tunji Akinloye has called on monar­chs to play more ac­tive roles in their var­i­ous do­mains, to achieve even devel­op­ment in com­mu­ni­ties.

The monarch, who stated this dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to kick-start ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing his 25th coro­na­tion an­niver­sary, slated for Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2018, said the fol­low­ers have en­trusted re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in tra­di­tional rulers to con­tin­u­ously seek ways of im­prov­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

“I be­lieve if ev­ery Oba can ap­proach their re­spon­si­bil­ity with ded­i­cated de­vo­tion, our com­mu­ni­ties will re­flect more val­ues and progress. To drive th­ese val­ues, ed­u­ca­tion and guid­ance should take a prime po­si­tion,” he said.

The fore­most tra­di­tional ruler of the Lekki Penin­sula said since his en­throne­ment, Aji­ran­land has been trans­formed into a bustling, thriv­ing com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial area, blessed with serene aquatic splen­dour, due to un­flinch­ing sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion from the Ojomu-in-coun­cil, highly pro­gres­sive in­di­genes, res­i­dents, cor­po­rate bod­ies and the state gov­ern­ment.

While de­scrib­ing the com­mu­nity’s growth as phe­nom­e­nal, he noted that at the be­gin­ning of his reign, the pop­u­la­tion of Aji­ran­land was un­der 2,000, but as at last Jan­uary, it has risen to over 200,000, com­pris­ing di­verse eth­nic groups liv­ing to­gether peace­fully.

He said: “Aside the seren­ity, cou­pled with cease­less healthy ocean breeze and la­goon, the ac­com­mo­dat­ing stance of the Oba Ojumu-in-coun­cil, what has con­trib­uted to the tremen­dous growth of my do­main is the pres­ence of

Chevron Nige­ria Plc., with im­pres­sive and im­pos­ing of­fice and res­i­den­tial quar­ters, and high pro­file es­tate firms. “The con­se­quence of this is that to­day, we are be­ing con­fronted by pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion. Ex­pect­edly, one of the chal­lenges of high pop­u­la­tion is unem­ploy­ment. As a com­mit­ted monarch, I ini­ti­ated stud­ies to seek so­lu­tion to the unem­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially among the youths.

“The stud­ies in­di­cated that one of the main rea­sons for youth unem­ploy­ment was lack of em­ploy­able skills, even among those that at­tended higher in­sti­tu­tions…we de­vel­oped a be­fit­ting skill ac­qui­si­tion cen­tre on a five acre piece of land called Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Re­search of World Peace (ORWP) Mil­len­nium Vil­lage, along Lekki-epe Ex­press­way, apart from re­spond­ing to con­flict where ten­sion was be­ing fo­mented through di­a­logue and vis­i­ta­tion to Plateau and Kaduna States, and Free­town, Sierra Leone.

“The first leg of train­ing started in Oc­to­ber 2003. By 2018, the cen­tre had trained over 3,000 stu­dents. Most of the grad­u­ates are now gain­fully em­ployed by cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions, dot­ting the Lekki Penin­sula axis and be­yond. Some have also be­come em­ploy­ers of labour them­selves.”

One of the high­lights of the coro­na­tion an­niver­sary is the award of plaques and prizes to best stu­dents in se­lect pub­lic and pri­vate schools in Eti-osa, like­wise ca­reer guid­ance and coun­sel­ing pro­gramme from stu­dents of the schools.

“The ob­jec­tive is to mo­ti­vate and in­spire th­ese stu­dents to aim for high aca­demic lau­rels and goals in life. Also look­ing for­ward, I in­tend to in­ten­sify the col­laboration with both La­gos State and Eti-osa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

“We are in the 21st cen­tury, which calls for greater aware­ness and vi­brancy. The world is now a global vil­lage. I ap­peal to youths to tread cau­tiously in their quest for easy money.”

Oba Akinloye

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