The Alake of Egbaland has advised the leadership of the Joint Action Committee of Egba Clubs to look beyond Egba areas and Nigeria as their only catchment areas of membership.
Speaking during a courtesy call by the Joint Action Committee of Egba Clubs at the Ake Palace, Abeokuta on Monday, Oba Gbadebo, explained that the Egba Clubs should should not narrow memberships to local Clubs, leaving out invaluable Egba Groups in the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe and other oversea countries.
Alake recalled that the parade of Egba Oversea Clubs in Colorado, last year, showed that were tens of them, adding that these Groups were annually attending Lisabi Festival, where they could contacted and integrated into the existing Main Body.
Oba Gbadebo pointed out that the lacuna in the common and joint interests of all Egba Clubs anywhere in the world, should be removed immediately and replaced with an enduring synergy.
The Egba Monarch also promised to sustain his Royal support for joint project to build a five structure Abeokuta City Complex at the Ewang Area of Abeokuta, adding that it was a high time the work started there since the Certificate of Occupancy had been procured from the Government.
The Alake also expressed concern on the degeneration of facilities at the Olikoye Ransome-Kuti General Hospital, Asero, Abeokuta, as a result of ravages by persistent floods and urged the JAC to look inwards and mobilize Engineers among themselves stem the situation.
Speaking earlier, the President-General of the JAC, Retired Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, had commended the Alake for helping the Egba Clubs to secure the Cool, which had eluded the Clubs for long.
The President-General, who is also the Agbaakin of Egbaland, told the Alake that the leadership of JAC, comprising 12 Egba Clubs in the country, were in the Palace to appreciate the Egba Paramount Monarch for his Royal and proverbial support of JAC, adding that the Group was ready to embark on the long awaited construction of the Abeokuta Hall Complex.
The Agbaakin also appealed to the Alake to help mobilize Egba Chiefs and wealthy indigenes, to participate in the building of the Complex.
Meanwhile, the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, is confer a Chieftaincy title on Engineer Tokunbo Odebunmi, the President of Abeokuta Club in appreciation of his many contributions to Egbaland.
The installation would come up in November during the 14th Coronation Anniversary of Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
The Alake disclosed the honour this during the visit of the Joint Action Committee of Egba Clubs to the Egba Paramount Monarch.
Engineer Tokunbo told the Alake that he was very pleased with the honour being offered him.
Members of JAC of Egba Clubs on the entourage, included Alhaji Nurudeen Oyedele- Vice President, 2nd Vice Pres. Hajia Nurudeen Oyedele. Ogbeni Agboola General Secretary.
Financial Sectetary- Kamaru Adedo.
Treasurer- Hon. Fasiu Bakene. Oduduwa Elite Club. Abeokuta Social Elites- Dr. Olowonyo and Somoye
Lisabi Elites Club- Ogbeni Adekunle.
Ogbeni Kamaldeen Adedo. Nurudeen Soile.
Abeokuta Social Club.
Abeokuta Progressive Club- Bayo Sodade and Yomi Adelu.
Egba Premier Club- Lawal Olaju
Egba Inner Circle.
Egba Hard Core -Engr Odunjo and Lanre Amosun.
Some Egba High Chiefs also present were Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele; Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa; Asiwaju Baamofin Sunday Oduntan; Bada Asoju Oba Wole Odekunle and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode