Erosion: FG to spend N1.25b in Oyo town


The Federal Government has approved N1.25 billion for the construction of roads and bridges submerged by erosion since 2014 in Oyo metropolis.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing large gathering of people during special Islamic prayers to commemorate his 48th coronation.
Projects to be executed include Koso road- Atiba Local Government, Alowolodu scheme road-Atiba Local Government, Gold n Rock/ Obananko road-Oyo West Local Government, Okediji road, Ilora-Afijio Local Government, Olokomeji bridge, Alalubosa- Oyo West Local Government, and Iyalamu road- Atiba Local Government.
It was reliably gathered that government decision to assist the metropolis was due to synergy between His Imperial Majesty and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba [Dr.] Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, and his son who is also the member of House of Representatives, representing Oyo Federal Constituency, Prince Adeniyi Obasegun Adeyemi [SKIMEH].
Oyo Federal Constituency comprises of eight local governments and local council development area respectively which constitute Oyo metropolis.
After due consultation with his son at the National Assembly, Alaafin was said to have paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja, to solicit the President’s assistance in tackling erosion which had been threatening the metropolis and resulted in the collapse and damage of some roads and bridges.
Finding also revealed that Alaafin’s son simultaneously took the matter up on the floor of the House where he called for government urgent intervention, in order to avert imminent disaster.
These combined efforts and commitment, impeccable source hinted, prompted President Buhari to give an assurance of his assistance towards solving the problem of erosion in the metropolis, as he [President] took the matter up with utmost concern and ensured that it was included in the budget.
A sum of N1.25 billion was said to be earmarked for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of collapsed and damaged roads and bridges in the Federal Constituency.
The royal father in his address said that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding brought by the technical team from the Federal Government on the projects’ execution, while the Presidency has directed that works should commence immediately.
Alaafin’s address was interjected at this juncture with thunderous ovation by thousands of elated residents and indigenes who rendered songs of praise and were full of gratitude to God for their monarch who they described as ‘visionary’’, and his son, ‘’reliable, trust worthy and redoubtable representative’’.
Oba Adeyemi described President Muhammadu Buhari, as a‘’ leader with integrity, probity, honesty, and conscience, whose dedication and fortitude has broken leadership handicaps, but manufactured obstacles and hindrances, leveled false gods, and show citizens greatness, service, sacrifice, and leadership’’.
He also lauded President Buhari for holding and not folding up, face difficulties and work through trials with connected brains.
Alaafin who noted that visions make leaders passionate, while thorns keep them, said one thing which is indisputable about President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is the fact that the era of oligarchy and corruption-ridden governance with contents of the National Anthem and pledge being turned into mere nominal mouthing had gone for good.
‘’Now, despite the challenges in the country, why is President Buhari still the man to beat? Some of the challenges in the country are genuine. Some others are orchestrated by those unpatriotic elements. Discipline, simplicity, love of country, lack of greed, and a heart for the poor and downtrodden, which is the realization of the ephemeral nature of power, and of life itself, remain the hallmark of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.’’
Alaafin recalled how President Buhari ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983, adding that it is a period remembered for a strict campaign against indiscipline and corruption.
‘’This zero tolerance for corruption and indiscipline is still being vigorously pursued till today by the same leader, the policy which is fast re-orientating and changing mindsets of Nigerians against all forms of undesirable acts that are detrimental to national growth and development’’, Alaafin stressed.
Oba Adeyemi however prayed God to further endow the President with divine knowledge, wisdom and good health in the arduous task of governance and nation-building.
The paramount ruler also recalled that his first twenty five years on the throne was tough and full of challenges, adding that with unflinching commitment, courage, and divine intervention, he was able to weather the storm.
However, he pointed out that before his emergence as the Alaafin, the palace was in ruins, as all the structures in the edifice had turned into rubble.
‘’But sooner after I ascended the throne of my forefathers, I begun the arduous task of rehabilitating the ancient palace, and preserving the tangible Yoruba cultural heritage.Today, the ancient palace remains both the Cultural Mecca and Vatican of all Yoruba sons and daughters within and outside the country’’.
The palace structures, Oba Adeyemi asserted, ‘’bold, sturdy and resilient as they stood, are radiating their timeless beauty and charm through well structured layouts, carefully crafted columns, windows and doors, bearing the artistic patterns and imprints of the ancient Oyo art’’. 
‘’Almost all the houses had courtyards, while the finer and stronger looking structures had more than one courtyard. Each of the courtyards is surrounded by rooms which open into the courtyard. The palace is adorned with works of arts, various forms of sculptures that include the carved wooden house posts, and door panels, which are the traditional status symbol of wealth and royalty’’.
Alaafin went further: “Modern figures of lions and hunter made from mortal, while walls are decorated with mosaic and painted murals depicting scenes from life, as the decorated calabash and imaginary beings. The traditional architectural designs are superb and second to none among ancient palaces in the country, as attested to by tourism experts from Brazil, Spain and Canada who visited’’.


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