The new Iyaloja of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede highlights her Dreams And Projections as she takes up the Apex Leadership mantle of System.
Chief ( Mrs) Kemi Oloyede who was speaking to Newsflagship in a special interview in Abeokuta said that she felt overwhelmed with joy and fulfilment when she received the appointment letter as the new Egba Iyaloja, from the Alake of Egbaland.
“Firstly, I thanked God. I also thanked His Majesty, Oba (Dr) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, CFR, Okukenu IV, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland. I appreciated him immensely.”
“When I received this letter, I was overwhelmed with happiness that the Alake has blessed me with this title.”
She confirmed that It didn’t total come as a surprise because she had been in the system before then. In fact, there had been smooth relationship among the Iyalojas and Babalojas in Egbaland, and myself.”
“It is my fervent prayer that this peaceful coexistence between us would not diminish. Also, the smooth relationship between His Majesty, Oba Gbadebo and I, should not be tarnished , most especially because he did not rob me of my rights. If it were another Monarch that put premium on wealth and other factors, he might have decided that another person would be appointed from somewhere else as the new Iyaloja.”
“But Oba Gbadebo did not consider all of these, rather, he looked at my past efforts and smooth relationships with the market men and women and deemed it fit to make me the Iyaloja. And I am glad that His Majesty honoured me this way, which made all the market men and women to rejoice and dance when I received the appointment letter.”
“This meant that it was what they wanted that our Monarch did for us. I am also seizing this opportunity to pray that my tenure would be fruitful and peaceful, and all the market stakeholders should have a positive experience during my time. I also pray that God should enable the Government to favour the market men and women towards development and prosperity.”
The new Egba Iyaloja also shows her vast experience in the market affairs being the Otun Iyaloja for the past 15 years.
She points out the areas where attention is needed by all stakeholders in order to unify and develop the marketplaces, adding that she is ready to work with likeminded individuals and associations so as to establish smooth relationships, peaceful coexistence, and greater developments.
“My projections are to fix and enhance all areas that are in need. I am ready and fully prepared to take up the leadership mantle and harmonize all market stakeholders towards utmost development and flourishing of businesses’” she said.
“Also, I am set to ensure peaceful coexistence in all the markets in Egbaland, as well as amend all areas where some people have been hurt or cheated in their businesses.
As the Egba apex Monarch has not robbed me of my right, I would also not rob anyone of their rights in my administration as Iyaloja of Egbaland, she added.
She further disclosed that It is important that all market stakeholders work to support the government of the day.
“And I am using this opportunity to urge the government that all the rights of the market men and women should be well respected. All the market places that are lacking amenities like water, toilets, proper waste management facilities, and so on, should be urgently attended to.”
“In each market in the entire six Local Government Areas of Ogun State; Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode, Odeda, Ifo, and Ewekoro, including half of Sango, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government area. I urge the government to provide our due rights for us.”
“The government is trying already and we encourage them to do more for us and make our market activities easier and more comfortable,” she concluded.