By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas has disclosed that the Egba Nation in Ogun State, has decided to build N600million Abeokuta City Hall to replace the old centenary hall build about 90 years ago.
In memory of the late Lisabi Agbongbo-Akala, the mystery Warrior who liberated Egbaland.
Lisabi died mysteriously over 10 decades ago. His family house is historically located in Igbein area of Abeokuta, and is deemed to be the pioneer Balogun of Igbeinland.
Oba Dr Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo Alike and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland disclosed the planned about the City Hall during media briefing towards the preparatory for the 34th Lisabi Festival themed, “Culture: A Panacea for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Egbaland.”
The festival is slated for February 24 through to March 1, 2010.
Alake noted that the history of Egbaland will be incomplete without reference to the late warrior whom he said, liberated the Egba people from the scorches of war launched against them by the Oyos.
He expressed satisfaction with the erection of 18 feet Statue of Lisabi at Adatan roundabout which has been designated as Lisabi avenue in the town, stressing that on completion of the hall, it would accommodate 3,500 people in one sitting.
He also disclosed that the over 100 years Centenary Hall, Ake, Abeokuta, would soon be turned to a tourist centre, hence, the need for the proposed Abeokuta City hall.
The Hall is expected to sit on seven hectares of land located in Ewang Estate while the foundation ceremony would hold on Saturday.
“Those who initiated the construction of the Centenary Hall over 100 years ago are gone, so we should let our impact known, and therefore all Egbas both at home and in the diaspora have concluded that a multi-million naira Abeokuta City Hall will be put in place,” Gbadebo said.
The Alake commended his subjects residing abroad for their regular support towards the developmental growth of the land and the forthcoming Lisabi Festival, informing that about 10,000 members of the Odua Peoples Congress, (OPC) would participate.
The monarch noted that exhibition, cultural display, booming of guns, debate, indoor games competitions, concert and hero award among others would feature during the festival.