Yewas storm London ahead of 2019
Some of the dignitaries at Yewa Conference in London
London, Oct. 24, 2017 (AltAfrika)– Members of Yewa Descendants Union, United Kingdom and Ireland recently met in London with their counterpart in Yewa land, Ogun State, Nigeria to deliberate on the economic and political future of their ancestral land. The three days conference was themed” Development of Yewaland of our Dream: Thoughts, Expectations and Contributions from the Diaspora”
Setting the ball rolling at the conference, Mayor Rotimi Adebari a native of Oke-Odan Yewa and the first black Mayor in Ireland in his paper entitled: “Developing a Strategic Frame Work for Sustainable Development of Yewaland; The role of every Yewa Stakeholders”, calls for change of attitude among “Yewa” indigenes.
“In Yewa, we need to talk to ourselves in the language we will understand. We need to change our attitude, see ourselves as one, talk with one voice, stop working against ourselves and work towards having our own as the next governor of Ogun State. For us to achieve our set goals of development in Yewaland, we need political power, without this we can’t achieve anything” he said.
According to Mayor Adebari, developing Yewa is in the hands of Yewa indigenes. “Our traditional rulers need to work together, talk to their subjects on the need to work together, contribute their quota with sincere minds, give what they have for the development of Yewaland, but, if we continue to do it the way we have been doing things we will continue to get the same result. Obas need to tell their subjects enough of playing second fiddles”.
In his paper “Roadmap for the development of Yewaland: The challenges, the prospects” Professor Tope Popoola, listed, politics of intolerance, bitterness and exclusion as the bane of development in Yewaland and called for political tolerance and inclusion in the area. “For an area to develop, the inhabitants must have equality, sense of belonging, avoid unnecessary rancour and get educated” he said.
In his contribution Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka a governorship contender in Ogun State told the gathering” it is time for Yewas both at home and in diaspora to join hand to achieve the long struggle to have Yewa person as governor of the state. We have many investment opportunities in Yewaland but, lack of political power and bad infrastructure have made the area underdeveloped”
Another governorship aspirant, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, popularly known as Yayi told the gathering, “Yewa is a majority in Ogun state and not the other way round”
Isiaka and Yayi at Yewa conference in London
Also addressing the gathering, Mr Layi Fadairo, a legal practitioner said there should be no Yewa North or Yewa South in the quest for developing Yewaland.
Barrister, Lawal Orisadare who spoke on “Preparing Yewa Youths for leadership position: the expected role of Yewa organisations in diaspora” was of the opinion that, youths lacked mentoring that could allow them to take over the mantle of leadership. “Many of our leaders are in habit of not helping the youths to gain employment or further their education despite the fact that, they have the wherewithal to do so”
The Ogun State spearker, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, who is also a governorship aspirant while declaring the meeting open on behalf of the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, acknowledged the theme of the meeting as apt and viable vehicle to directly address Yewa multi-faceted challenges confronting the people in the area.
Rt.Hon. Adekunbi called on the Yewa in diaspora to fast track the transfer of technology, expertise and capital to help drive their vision for Yewaland, On 2019 election, the Speaker said “As we stand, on the threshold of history together once again, 2019 represents us with another opportunity to have a shot at the helm of leadership our state a position that has eluded us since the creation of the our dear state. The achievement of this dream would help to address the imbalances in the body of polity in Ogun State as a whole. All hands must be on the deck to realise this lofty ambition.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the President of Yewa Descendants Union, UK and Ireland, Chief Adetunji Ebo, stated that, the conference was organised to engage Yewa sons and daughters in discussion that would proffer solution to the nagging problems back home.
The Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, HRM, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, represented by Oba Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade , the Alagbara of Agbara in his message appealed to sons and daughters of Yewaland to support Yewa 2019 project wholeheartedly. He appreciated the commitment, determination and bold support of Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Olusegun Osoba, and many leaders across the state for their unwavering solidarity and support towards the emergence of someone from Ogun West as Governor of Ogun State in 2019.
Other dignitaries at the occasion include The Mayor of Elstree and Borehamood, Rotarian Eric Silver; Professor Rahman Bello, VC, University of Lagos; Otunba Akeem Adigun (SOCOPAO); Oba Mukaila Salako, The Adokun of Igan-Okoto, Oba Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade, the Alagbara of Agbara; Mr Lekan Asuni, Chairman, Ilaro Development Council; Hon. Abayomi Tella, fomer Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local government; Hon. Tunji Akinosi, Fomer Commissioner in Ogun State, Chief Kayode Odunaro; Chief Jide Odetola; Barr. Olaoluwa Folalu; Alhaja Iyabo Raji; Otunba Tunde Olaotan