This week, the people of Iyin Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Council area of Ekiti State, will roll out the drums to celebrate one year of the ascension of the throne by Oba Adeniyi Ajakaiye, the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti.
Already, the traditional ruler has begun to count his blessings, saying that peace, security and growth witnessed in the community in the last one year were the hallmarks of the anniversary celebration.
Oba Ajakaiye noted that since e mounted the saddle, his community has not witnessed killings, abductions or life-threatening heinous crimes due to the water-tight security arrangement in place.
The traditional ruler, who said that the one week celebration begins today, noted: “Apart from the uplift which the palace had witnessed in the last one year, we have been networking with our sons and daughters at home and in the Diasporas and the result is all over the place in the town.
“We have lighted up the heart of the town with solar-powered street lights courtesy of our sons and daughters. This has made the town attractive at night and deterrence to activities of criminals who could hide under darkness to perpetrate their nefarious activities.”
Chief Opeyemi Arije, Ojomu of Iyin Ekiti and Secretary of the Oluyin-in-Council, affirmed the king’s views. “This town has witnessed tremendous peace and development in the last one year of Oba Ajakaiye’s reign,” he said.
“We are witnessing new dimension to obaship in our town. In addition to facelift of the palace, Kabiyesi has also facilitated infrastructures including no fewer than five motorized bore holes donated by indigenes, support for the creation of LCDA and equipping its Secretariat as well as ensuring that the only bank in the town was reopened six months after it was attacked by armed robbers.”
Activities lined up for the coronation anniversary include free medical and surgical mission, traditional displays, launch of N500million palace development fund and conferment of chieftaincy titles on some eminent personalities including indigenes in recognition of their contribution to the community and the country.
Chief Ojomu called on sons and daughters of the town, both home and abroad, to always contribute their quotas to the development of Iyin Ekiti.