*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Ebira Community in Oyo State has lauded Makinde led administration over remarkable achievements.
9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the Ebira Community in Oyo state, one of the major tribes in Kogi state, has expressed satisfaction over what it described as ‘three years of remarkable achievement’ under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde saying the governor’s reputation now spans far beyond the shores of the state to other parts of the country as a great achiever.
The Baale of Ebira Community, the Ohinoyi Anebira of Ibadanland in Oyo state, HRM Alhaji Lamidi Aliu Balogun in his address at the 2022 Ebira Day and Fund Raising for the Launching of the proposed Ebira House held at the Cultural Center, Ibadan, described his people as very loving, kind, and hardworking.
He added that the Ebira people remain one wherever they find themselves noting that it is in their unity as a people of same ethnic stock that they derive strength to champion their collective course anywhere they are domiciled.
Chief Anebira in his speech noted that the celebration of Ebira Day is to bring all Ebira people both home and abroad together to celebrate each other.
He said, this occasion comes up bi-annually but this year occasion bring succor to the life of my people with another innovative of launching the Ebira People Community House which will serve as a permanent place for EBIRA People to hold their meetings, carry out all other socio-ethnic cultural activities and also to be available for all other social engagements.
My great honour to our Royal Father of the day who has just ascend the throne of his forefathers, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Mohood Olalekan Balogun for giving me the opportunity to serve under his leadership in Ibadanland, Oyo State. Long shall you reign (Amen).
As you all know, we are unique ethnic group like other tribes that settled down in Ibadanland many years ago and we have been partners in progress to the State Government.
Therefore, I express my deep honour and gratitude to His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde for honoring our invitation despite his tight schedules to witness this occasion.
Sir, your giant stride and activities at implementing the transformation agenda of Oyo State towards creating a befitting outlook for all cities in the state cannot be over-emphasized. It is my believe that you have been contributing immensely to ethnic groups and societies in the state.
I want to seize this opportunity to appeal to you to give consideration to our ethnic group graduates, the opportunity to serve under your considerable government and also support us on this our laudable project of building a permanent Ebira People Community House here in your fatherland. The purpose which is farfetched known to all as earlier mentioned.
This Ebira Day is essentially to evaluate our past activities and articulate more realistic and achievable programmes at which the Launching of Five Hundred Million Naira Proposed For The Construction of Ebira People Community House has been considered by the present Executive Committee of Ebira People Community In Ibadan metropolis, I know and believe with the help of Almighty God and with giant support of all our important and notable dignitaries across board, this project is considered done. (Amen).
I hereby implore and appeal to our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters home and abroad to come together to promote one United Ebiraland particularly most of us that resident in Ibadanland. Your Tribe remains your Evergreen Tribe irrespective of your Clan.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and gentlemen from all over the country irrespective of your tribe, particularly the good people of Ibadan for giving us the great opportunity to live and mixed together as one lovely family, I deeply appreciate your all-time support. May Almighty God continue to lift each and every one of you higher.
May God continue to protect us, Amen. Wishing us a peaceful celebration and journey mercy back to our various destinations, Amen.
Earlier in his address, Governor Seyi Makinde, represented by his Special Assistant on Community Relations, Honourable Olufemi Josiah in his brief address commended the people of Ebira community in the state for the way and manner they have continued to conduct themselves peacefully and also making meaningful contributions to the development of the state.
The Governor who reiterated his government’s commitment to inclusive participation regardless of ethnicity or religion stressed that he will continue to promote and consolidate on the robust relationship between the non natives of Ibadanland and other tribes resident in the city.
He noted that all the infrastructures and projects embarked upon by the present administration are meant for everyone resident in the state therefore, it is very important for everyone regardless of his or her ethnic stock to fully appreciate the commitment of the present administration towards the quality of life and wellbeing of all residents.
The Governor maintained that the Office of the Special Assistant on Community Relations was deliberately created and empowered to fully, among other duties, encourage inclusive participation of non indigenes resident in the state in order to ensure collectiveness of purpose towards economic prosperity.
He assured that the state government will continue to be a partner in progress and will continue to support laudable initiatives such as the proposed construction of Ebira House in Ibadan which according to him is a clear attestation to the safety and security of lives and properties of all residents in the state which is the hallmark of the present government.