Indigenes of Sango in Ado-Odo/Ota local government areas of the state has called on the Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun not to weaken the political strength of the place with the creation of Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs.
The community during a peaceful procession yesterday in sango area of the local government said the newly created Sango-Ijoko LCDA has weakened the Sango community politically.
According to the procession, over 20 communities which were hitherto part of Sango has been merged with Ota area of the local government.
Addressing newsmen at Sango under bridge yesterday during an appreciation procession by the community for the creation of the LCDA. Chief Imam of Sango, Alhaji Babalola Shafii stated that the restablishment of the Sango boundary with Ota became necessary as no fewer than 21 Sango communities have been carved out with Ota.
Alhaji Shafii noted that the struggle for the realignment of communities has been on for quite about 10 years adding that the struggle was to take the community away from slavery.
The procession which attracted scores of indigenes including placard-carrying youths was organised by the people to express their appreciation to Governor Amosun for the creation of the LCDA and also to press home their demand.
Inscriptions on the placardd displayed by the people included but not limited to, ‘We youths of Sango/Ijoko clamour for our right boundary’, ‘Boundary between Sango and Ota is the fence of AUD Comprehensive College’, ‘Help us out with our rightful boundary which is AUD comprehensive college fence’ and ‘The Hausa Community in Sango belongs to Sango/Ijoko LCDA’.
Different leaders in the community who addressed journalists at the procession expressed concern over the partitioning of the 21 affected communities.
According to the a former councillor in the community, Hon. Mufutau Balogun explained that Ota Ward III ought have been made Sango Ward II because over 80 percent of communities that comstituted the Ward are located in Sango.
In his comment, the Babaloja of Sango, Alhaji Sakiru Olayiwola appreciated Governor Amosun for the creation of the LCDA, but appealled for immediate correction of the mistake made in the boundary issue.
The Imam declared that the boundary of Sango and Ota began at Ansar-Ud-Deen Comprehensive College, Ota.
Reeling out the names of communities erroneously carved out from Sango to Ota, Alhaji Shafii listed Araromi, Igbala, Orente, Joju, Abule Olodo, Ketere, Ejigbo Tuntun, Irepodun, GRA, Idi-Orogbo, Chicken Joe, Egbatedo, Gangan, Ali-Ishiba, Wisdom Estate, Madoju, Victory Estate, Tomori Estate, Toll-Gate, Isorosi and Ewupe.
The Imam commended Governor Amosun for creating the LCDA, which he observed would improve government presence in the communities as well as engender development more deep than before.
He noted that “with the creation of the LCDA, government presence would be felt more at the grassroots level and this would give the people sense of belonging.
“Government would be know more about our immediate challenges and profer solutions to them without delay.”
Alhaja Ganiyat Shafii, who was full of praises of the governor, solicited for immediate reallignment of the affected communities for better development of the LCDA.