Oduduwa State Creation Demanded By Yoruba Obas Council
July 9, 2014 – Oduduwa State Creation Request Put Forward By Yoruba Obas Council
Osun state monarchs and stakeholders have penned a letter to Justice Kutigi, the Chairman of the National Conference demanding the inclusion of Oduduwa as an additional state to be created from the South-West.
They expressed shock that Oduduwa was not part of the 18 states proposed by the National Conference Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government.
Leading the team from Osun, the Alayemore of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, stressed that Oduduwa State should be created from the zone against the backdrop that it was on the memorandum submitted by the National Association of State Creation Movement (NASM) and Oduduwa State Movement to the conference.
Oba Adedapo, who is also Secretary, state’s Council of Yoruba Obas, said it was most unfortunate that the debates on state creation were brought to an abrupt end by the military intervention of 1983. In the report by the committee, “Ijebu State would be created from the present Ogun State in the South-West, with Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North, Ijebu North East, Ogun Waterside, Odogbolu, Ijebu East, Shagamu, Ikenne and Remo North and the state capital would be in Ijebu Ode.
“The new Oyo State would be created from the present Oyo State in the South-West zone with Irepo, Olorunsogo, Oorelope, Saki East, Saki West, Atisbo, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola, Iseyin, Afijio, Oyo East, Atiba, Ogo Oluwa, Surulere, Ogbomoso-North, Ogbomosho South and Orire.
“The third state to be created in the South-West and will be named later, along with its state capital and local government areas.”
Addressing journalists yesterday, President, Ife Development Board, Prof. Muheed Opeloye, recalled that the request for state creation from the old Oyo State in 1983 included Oduduwa and Osun, adding that while the then proposed Osun State included Ede, Ejigbo, Ifelodun, Ila, Irepodun, Osogbo, Iwo and Odo Otin areas, the proposed Oduduwa State had Atakunmosa, Ayedaade, Ife Central, Ife North, Ife South, Irewole, Isokan, Oriade and Obokun.
According to him, in 1995, the leaders from the proposed Oduduwa State submitted a memoranda, while the same was also done in March 1996 when traditional rulers, chiefs and community leaders from the area signed another memorandum requesting the creation of Oduduwa State. In 2009, the Osun State Council of Obas examined the agitation for the creation of a new state out of the present Osun State and found it desirable and justifiable.
He explained that the council was satisfied that both the new and what was left in the existing Osun State will be economically viable and sustainable and the endorsement for the creation of Oduduwa State was signed by 50 senior traditional rulers of the Osun State Council of Obas, just as he explained that the proposed state covers a land area of 8,853,22 square kilometers with an approximate population of over 1.7 million people based on the 2006 census figure.
He said, “the historical significance of Oduduwa as the progenitor of the Yoruba race and Ile-Ife as its cradle in Nigeria are some of the compelling reasons for the endorsement by the council for the creation of Oduduwa State.
“From the foregoing, it is evident that creation of Oduduwa State will bring benefit to all the communities in the new state in terms of development, and also more beneficial to the remaining communities in Osun State in terms of more amenities. The job opportunities for the citizens of the area in the wake of more ministries and agencies cannot be overlooked.
“The efforts of our delegates in the National Confab to make this dream realizable will be indelible in the minds of the people and be an everlasting legacy for the present stakeholders in the struggle. Wishing the Confab success in their deliberations.”