Residents of Modakeke-Ife in Osun state yesterday took to streets in celebration of newly created Ife North East Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), created alongside 30 others by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Besides,the Senator representing Osun West in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, has lauded the creation of an LCDA in Ede South local council, saying the decision will bring governance closer to the grassroots
The celebration march, which took residents to Itasin, Iraye and Ogunsua’s palace, was led by the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the town, Chief Wahab Adetunji, with residents commending Aregbesola for granting the request of the town after 100 years of struggle.
It will be recalled that Modakeke town had engaged Ile-Ife in bitter communal war for over many years due to the relocation of headquarters of Ife East local council from the town to Oke Ogbo in Ile-Ife.
The old Modakeke Area Council, which was later created as part of peace deals after the war, was upgraded to the status of LCDA in the new LCDAs announced by the governor.
However, while addressing the jubilant crowd, the APC Adetunji singled out Aregbesola and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi , for recognition over the role the duo played in making sure that the community got its council area.
Adetunji, who was supported by other party leaders in the area, said the town is ready to make necessary sacrifice for the effective take off of the LCDA.