Residents of Modakeke community in Osun State have demanded an upgrade of its Area Office to a full Local Government Area.
The Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Moses Oyediran, who spoke on behalf of the community, appealed to the government at both the federal and state levels to upgrade the Area Council because of the growing population and size of the community.
This appeal was made during an edition of the Governor’s Family Meeting organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement.
The monarch said the entire people of Modakeke could not wait to start enjoying the benefits of a full fledged local government administration, emphasising that granting the request would amount to giving succour to the long term yearnings of the people.
In his words, “This is not unconnected to the fact that Modakeke, with a large population of people, is having a short fall in political representation because it is just an Area Office. It is also at disadvantage in the area of grassroot governance”.
The traditional ruler commended the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, for bringing governance to the doorstep of the people.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, who stood in for the governor, reiterated the administration’s commitment to ensuring inclusive and participatory governance.
DAILY POST recalls that Ife East Local Government Area Office, Modakeke, was created as a child of necessity following the recommendation of Chief Olabode George committee set up by ex-president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to broker peace between the people of Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities.
The Area Office formally took off on 1st April, 2002, and made up of what is historically known and addressed as Modakeke Akoraye.
According to obtainable fact, Modakeke has over 100,000 population which is more than some communities with full fledged local governments in the federation.