The National Coordinator of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, has urged the federal government to ensure that social amenities, such as road construction, provision of potable water, healthcare centres among others are given priority in the 2014 budget.
Adams, who disclosed this while speaking at the 2013 edition of Ogun Ajobo/Elegbera festival in Ikorodu, said the call had become imperative given the bad state of infrastructure, especially roads in the South-west states.
The OPC leader, who admonished leaders from the South-west to join in the task of developing the region, also charged Yoruba sons and daughters to desist from labelling deities of the race as evil.
He said Ikorodu used to be the link to Lagos in the past, before the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, stating that subsequent governments had abandoned the ancient town.
“But for Ikorodu to fully attain its potentials, there is a need for all of us to play our roles, particularly , the federal government must rise up to joining hands to restore Ikorodu to its place of pride,” he said.
He further noted that before the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ikorodu was the link road to Lagos, adding that other roads, notably the Ikorodu-Shagamu road and the Ikorodu-Ijebu-Ode road have suffered many years of neglect.
“I, therefore, call on the federal government to please reconstruct these roads. By doing this, the federal government would have complemented the efforts of the Lagos State Government. The roads will not only make Ikorodu attractive for businessmen to invest but also serve as alternative routes for people travelling out of Lagos,” he added.
Adams, who enjoined the sons and daughters of Ikorodu town to join hands with the foundation to promote Ogun Ajobo/Elegbera festival to world standard, said: “And I say that you and I can join hands today to make Ikorodu a tourist destination if we develop this festival to world standard.”
He also used the festival to “remind Nigerians that the world is gradually looking inward to discover ways of boosting their local economies. The era when oil and other natural resources are the main source of income for countries is gradually coming to an end.”
Adams, while speaking on Ogun said: “Ogun plays a very important role in the lives of human beings. Almost all our activities revolve around this important deity. As the car we drive, the air planes, we travel in, the spoon we eat with, the cutlass we use and other things are symbols of Ogun.”