The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has advised that all Egba indigenes around the globe that they should be registered in a database system which would foster the development of Egbaland in various ways
One of the ways would be the speedy and effective completion of the 600 Million Naira New Abeokuta City Hall Project
The Governor made this statement through his Chief of Staff, Hon. Shuaib Salisu, at the launching of the New Abeokuta City Hall Project, at Sam Ewang Estate Extension, Abeokuta on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Hon. Shuaib further explained that through this database system, Egba would only require 600 prominent citizens to contribute 1 million naira each while 1,200 of them would contribute 500,000 each to attain the needed amount for the completion of the Project
Governor Dapo Abiodun noted that Egbaland was the centre of civilization in Nigeria having the first Church, Newspaper, Chartered accountant, Lawyer and so on, adding that the Centenary Hall was built 90 years ago by a patriotic generation whose great feat is part and parcel of the history of Egbaland today.
Therefore, the future generations would recognise that all Egba citizens of this era are part of the history of Egba’s development only if all hands are on deck
Hon. Shuaib further disclosed that the British Government was collaborating with Ogun State to make Abeokuta one of future Modern City States in the world after which suggested that the New Abeokuta City Hall Project should be youth empowerment oriented
The Chief of Staff, Hon Shuaib Salisu, who took a very active part in the Fund Raising for the project, urged the Egba prominent persons present at the occasion to kick off the exercise by contributing a reasonable percentage of the money needed for the project even there at the occasion and this resulted in the realization of about 13million naira at the launching
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Dr Adedotun AREMU Gbadebo during his speech; also urged the 6 Egba local governments and all Egba citizens at home and abroad to write their names in history by immensely contributing to the project
The Egba Monarch further added that major companies operating in Egbaland including Dangote group would contribute to the project and also Egba Indigenes Associations in diaspora including Egba United in London would have an impart in the project
The Lagos State Governor, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was represented by Hon Afolabi Ayantayo who disclosed that Lagos State was fortunate to be part of the project and assured full commitment till the project would be completed
He further disclosed that he would make some strong recommendations to the Lagos State Governor to heavily impact on the project.
The Hon. seize the opportunity of the occasion to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to speed up works on the Lagos-Abeokuta Express way.
He noted with regret the distress being caused by the unstable the conditions of the road.
Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Lagos State Speaker, represented by Hon. Sabur Olaniyan Olawale, said that he was happy to be part of this historic development commencing in Egbaland and also assured full commitment of some Lagos State local governments.
Governor Dapo Abiodun was one of the major donors at the occasion; he made a personal pledge of 2.5 million while the Chairmen of Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Odeda, Obafemi Owode, Ewekoro, and Ifo Local Governments donated a sum of 3 million naira.
Many Egba High Chiefs also contributed to the project including: Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, Seriki of Egbaland; Chief Tosin Fadare, Babalaje of Egbaland; Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, Hon. Sabur Olawale, and others, by donating 1 million naira each while Asiwaju Maxwell Ayinla donated 500,000 naira, General Babayeju Opaleye donated 250,000 naira, Chief Olusegun Odulate; BabaAdin of Yoruba, Edo, and Delta State donated 100,000 naira, a nearby Celestial Church, Idi-Aba also donated 100,000 naira; to mention a few.