WELCOME SPEECH BY ALAIYELUWA OBA ENGR. M. A. OLADEGA (MAO) THE OLU OF AGBOYILAND ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING OF ICT CENTRE FACILITATED BY HON. ROTIMI AGUNSOYE (ROT) TODAY 20TH OF APRIL, 2021 @ AGBOYI TOWN, AGBOYI-KETU LCDA, KOSOFE LGA, LAGOS STATE.
All glory to God Almighty who kept us all alive till this day. I’m particularly grateful to everyone present for the opportunity to address you today as the 4th Olu of Agboyiland since inception of this ancient Agboyi Community. Today is a memorable day for us. As we all know, we are here to make history and to be part of History.
Let me recall our attention to the Historical background of this great ancient Community that it is in the record, that the first Primary school, Church, Mosque and Traditional Institution in Lagos is not complete without mentioning the historical footprints of Agboyi.Additionally, Agboyi Primary School (1859), Agboyi St. BANABA Anglican Church (1859), Agboyi Central Mosque (1902) Agboyi Osugbo Fraternity Group (1707) and other traditional institution have been in existence long before the Portuguese came to Lagos.
The people of Agboyi cast their first ballot in 1922 for Herbert Macaulay political party (NNDP) and Agboyiland had two (2) Oldest Political Federal Wards in Lagos. All these aforementioned show the historical strength of Agboyi.
Let me congratulate our Distinguished Honorable Member representing the good people of Kosofe at the National Assembly Hon. Prince Rotimi Agunsoye and the good people of Agboyi kingdom for witnessing such an historic youthful oriented project that is capable of bringing out the likes Mark zukerberge the founder of facebook and many ICT guru of this world. Hon. R.O.T moyo fun moyo fun ara mi.
I must commend your political consistency and vision towards the realization of this project, the last time we had a gathering like this in the history of Agboyi was over 20 years ago, and it will be a great injustice not to have given you this Royal reception.Without doubt, engaging youths in productive activities is important to reduce unemployment and make them shun social vices. An idle hand, they say, is the devil’s workshop. Our youths are our greatest resources and we must harness their potentials.
As much as I commend this laudable project, I would like to use this medium to appeal to our listening representative (Hon. ROT) to also embark on more people-focused initiatives of this kind. Like Oliver Twist, we are asking for more.
I can’t end my welcome address without appreciating our action governor Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for his leadership approach in bringing modern developments to Lagos State.
I will also implore Mr. Governor not to forget his promise on construction of “Agboyi Motor-able Link Bridge” during the commissioning of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA Secretariat constructed by my Capable Chairman Mayor Dele Osinowo (Executive Chairman Agboyi-Ketu LCDA).
More importantly, I urge all the concerned Government Educational Agencies and everyone to do our part in ensuring the sustainability of this facility. This is our ICT centre, and we must treat it as such. All hands must be on deck.
I wish to add that as the voice of the people, we’ll urge young persons of this community to take advantage of this facility to ensuring its sustainers.
Finally, I thank my Chiefs, Baales, all the government functionaries and the entire sons and daughters of Agboyi for your cooperation since my enthronement as the Olu of Agboyi land.
I promised that this is the new beginning of Developmental projects in our Community.
I welcome you all once again to the ancient Agboyi Community the heart of Kosofeland.
Thank you all and God bless.
Itesiwaju ipinle Eko, Ajumo se gbogbo wa ni ooo.
Alaiyeluwa Oba Engr. M. A. Oladega (MAO)(Akinmasa I)The Olu of Agboyiland, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA.