Downpour Rattles Ile-Ife, Modakeke Residents

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Residents of Ile-Ife and Modakeke, State of Osun have lamented the effects of the recent heavy rainfall in the areas, leaving in its trail, flooded streets, houses, churches, shops and markets, has caused huge economic loss.

The downpour caused power outage among various areas like Akarabata, Owode, Oju Odo, Mayfair community and many other areas in Ile-Ife and Modakeke while vehicular movement was hampered as roads were flooded, making movements on these roads nearly impossible.

The deluge also prevented most people without private means of transportation from attending religious services; with attendance at several churches scanty as worshippers used the downpour as an excuse to stay indoors on Sunday.

Traders were also prevented from going about their daily business, as the rain grounded economic activities.

Roads were free as most bus drivers and Okada riders could not operate because of the intensity of the downpour.

Meanwhile, some residents have lamented that lack of proper drainage and water channels in some areas like Oju Odo, Mayfair and Akarabata resulted in the flooding of some residential houses and shops.

The rain started at about 8:30pm on Sunday and continued till about 11pm and there was heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday.

The recent downpour forced men, women and children to stay at home. While some families were seen draining water from their homes using pumping machines, others resorted to scooping with containers.

In some areas, residents were overwhelmed by the volume of the surging water and watch helplessly not knowing which of their valuables to salvage.

Some residents, who spoke with the medium expressed sadness over the development, lamenting the havoc wrecked by the flood.

“It was the cry of my children that woke me up,” lamented Mrs Lawal Yetunde, a widow whose two bedroom apartment was flooded.

She said her children were sleeping on the floor when they noticed an unusual coldness, which jolted them from their sleep.”The speed with which the water spread to the entire house was alarming. There was nothing we could do to salvage our valuables,” she said.

The worst affected areas are; Akarabata, Owode, Ondo Road, Opa, Mayfair, and Oju Odo.

Residents Lament Incessant Stealing Of Motorcycles, Cars In Ile Ife, Modakeke

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite the state government’s efforts to improve security of lives and property in Osun, residents of Ile Ife and Modakeke can still not heave a sigh of relief as armed robbers appear to have doubled up operation in the neighbourhood.

While thefts and burglary incidents have gone on the rise recently, the free reign of armed robbery gangs in the habit of mounting road blocks late at night and early in the morning to steal motorcycles and cars have continued to worry the residents.

The recent twist of robbery gangs, usually of four or five men per group, laying siege has made the residents of the two communities cry out for help.

Olabisi Ajayi, one of the most recent victims who resides at Ondo road told our correspondent that the recent incessant of stealing motorcycles and cars has become very alarming.

“I parked my motorcycle inside my compound before I slept on Sunday. I nearly ran mad on Monday morning when I woke and found that my motorcycle has been stolen,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs Olusola Rotimi recounted how a visiting friend was dislodged of his car at Enuwa about a week ago.

Landlords in the two towns said that the development had become more worrisome, as it is now usual to hear of stealing of motorcycles and cars in the wee hours of every morning.

A landlord, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the major challenge in the last three months was tackling the incidents of incessant stealing of motorcycles and cars usually during the hours of 4 and 5:30am.

“We have had one too-many cases of young boys jumping fences to steal car accessories and motocycles and others and this has increased awareness, for which the police patrols must come in to put them in check,” he said.

Modakeke Returns Ten Wards To APC And Aregbesola

It is now clear that Modakeke is the base and source of the Progressives in the state of Osun and the South West.

We all witnessed it in the last local government election held on 27th January 2018 where APC recorded all glory in the process.

Although it is not a news that the PDP said that they will not participate in the process but APC Modakeke defeated all political parties that participated in the process.

Accord Party is just like a baby that is yet to born in the city as they don’t have any political structure and political planning is their major problem.

Kudos to our APC leaders and stakeholders in the city that shows their face before, during and after the assignment Alh. Fatai Kolawole, Alh. Wahab Adetunji, Hon.Wale Amusan Alh. Bisi Kolawole Elder. Kola Olabisi, Eng. Tayo, Kehinde, Dr Egunranti and many more that we can’t mention here God will reward you all… Thanks

Yekeen Abayomi Fatai (Oranmiyan Coordinator, Ife East Central Lcda, Modakeke)

Osun Deputy Governor Reiterates Govt Commitments To Education

The Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Otunba Grace Laoye-Tomori has assured citizens of the state that the government would continue to guarantee quality education for the pupils in the state.

She made the assertion at the first synod of the Diocese of lfe East Anglican Communion in Modakeke recently.

According to her, the government has invested so much on the education sector and would continue to invest more and manage the investment to ensure that its purpose is served.

She said, for the government to achieve its aims of taking the education to higher pedestal, it require the support of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students and the entire community who must all play their roles.

While delivering his sermon, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Revd Oluseyi Oyelade commended the activities of the state government and charged the government to improve the people’s standard of living.

Modakeke, Adeleke Jubilate Over Creation Of LCDAs

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.