Bishop E. O. Adekunle Tasks Alake And Egba Chiefs To Do More In Fast Tracking The Development Of The Egba Nation


The Egba Diocesan Bishop, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. E. O Adekunle has called on the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and Egba Chiefs to do more in fast tracking the socio-economic development of Egbaland.

Rt. Revd. Adekunle, who was speaking at the 35th Lisabi Festival’s Thanksgiving Service, at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, on Sunday, 6th of March, 2022, commended the Alake for the good job done so far but noted there were compelling issues needing the urgent attention of the Egba Paramount Monarch and his patriotic Chiefs, if they were to fast track the socio-economic of Egbaland

Referencing the sermon on the 35th Lisabi Festival, delivered by the Bishop of Ogorimagongo Diocese, Rt. Revd. Festus O. O. Davies,  Bishop Oludaisi said, he had just received an inspiration to lay emphasis on some aspects, made known by the Erudite Clergy on the collapsing aspects of Egba’s pride as number one in many human endeavours, especially in Nigeria, in education, governmental organisation, well-defined economic activities as well as social facilities like electricity, water supply.

Speaking specifically, the Anglican Bishop said, he did not need to remind his Majesty, and all Egba Chiefs, that Egba was the cradle of christianity and western civilization in Nigeria, adding that, the venue, he was speaking was the first church in Nigeria.

Rt. Revd Adekunle therefore advised the Alake and Egba Chiefs to do more in stopping the youth vices, such as street begging, cybercrime and ritual killings by viral Egba population, whose energy should have been purposefully and directed towards the well-being of Egbaland.

He also called for women empowerment alongside with that of the youth, if Egba were to have all round socio-economic development in Egbaland

The Bishop noted with regret, that Nigeria, including, Egbaland had been unwittingly taken for granted, the socio-economic importance of women, adding that, Egba women, whether as farmer, trader, private business woman or public servant, silently worked more than twice compared to their men counterpart, because they worked in the above-mentioned areas, alongside with their domestic obligation and taking care of their nuclear families

He therefore called on the Alake and the Egba Chiefs, in collaboration with Iyalode Alaba Lawson and other Egba strategic women leaders to empower women with a view to contributing maximally through many existing Egba Foundations

Speaking further on the Installation of Chiefs,  the Egba Apex Clergy recalled that, in the immediate past, anyone to be installed as a Chief in Egbaland would mandatorily be approved by his own compound and be brought by his people, after repairing his father’s house, before he or she could be conferred on with a Chieftaincy Title by the Alake

He therefore urged the Alake and Egba Chiefs to firmly sustain that, “Awotele System in Egba Chieftaincy Title,” as this would eliminate pretenders from contenders

Also speaking on Education in Egbaland, Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle bitterly complained about the overpopulation of Students in various Schools in Egbaland, referencing on Abeokuta Grammar School, Lisabi High School, Baptist Girls College, among others, noting that, it would be impossible for a teacher, no matter how brilliant, he or she is, to effectively managed a class of over 100 pupils in a classroom and make any success

He asked the Alake and Egba Traditional System to urged various Egba Foundations not to leave everything to the State Government by asking them to build more classrooms in all these overpopulated schools, in order to have effective and moral education in Egbaland

Speaking on urban renewal in Egbaland, Bishop Adekunle called on the Egbas with technical know-how, like Oluwo Ijemo and  Aro Egba, Chief Olayinka Kufile to champion the urban renewal of Egbaland that would feature modern buildings in some notable areas in Egbaland, such as Lafenwa, Kuto, Sapon, among many other famous places.

Speaking earlier in his sermon, Rt. Revd. Festus O. O. Davies called on all Egbas to emulate Lisabi, by being a brother’s keeper to their fellow indigenes within and outside Nigeria.

Revd. Davies noted that, he was always proud, he was an Egba, noting that, Egbaland had been exceeding in so many areas of life, in terms of historical achievements and still remained in the forefront

He therefore called on the Egbas to sustain that feat, by ensuring, they continue to make the Egba nation proud wherever they are.

Egba Chiefs and Compatriots present at the occasion included; Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele, Lisa of Egbaland, Chief Ayinla Olaogun, Seriki Egba; Chief Tosin Fadare, Akogun of Egbaland; Chief Abraham Shoyoye, Odofin of Egbaland; Chief Kolawole Akintoye, Asiwaju Egba; Chief Maxwell Ayinla, Aro Egba; Chief Yinka Kufiile, Balogun Itoko, Chief Shakiru Olajide, Boroji Egba; Chief Lateef Lemboye, Bantun of  Egbaland, Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, Aare Akinrogun; Chief Musibau Babarinsa, Asiwaju Onimo-Ero; Chief Adeniyi Akanni, Asiwaju Baasegun; Chief Owolabi Odulate, among others

Other Women Chiefs present included; Iyalode, Iyaloja, Iyalate, Gbegba-Aje, Otun Ajigbeda, Seriki Iyaloja, among others

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