By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
All plans have been concluded by the popular indigenous socio-cultural group “Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes” (CCII), to make Ibadan, the Oyo State capital a mega city by 2040.
The President-General of the group, Mr. Yemi Soladoye, made the disclosure in Ibadan on Sunday during the inauguration of 20 committees to drive home the Ibadan agenda.
According to him, CCII which was founded in 1982 is the umbrella body of all Ibadan indigenous clubs with 236 clubs affiliate clubs at present, adding that the mission of the project was to reposition Ibadan to become a mega city in 2040.
“We have come up with robust programmes and projects for Economics, Political and Cultural Renaissance of Ibadan land. There is no room for pessimism, cynism or arm chair patriotism. Let nobody discourage us that the project is impossible, infact we have started already.
“Now we should be tired of still chorusing the greatness of our forefathers almost 150 years after. We need new songs and heroes in Ibadanland,’’ He said.
Soladoye noted that the CCII has set up 20 committees with the aim of transforming it from having activities once a year to having activities each day of the year, pointing out that “the signposts and indicators to witness on the journey to show the association was on course are to transform the Ibadan Airport into an International Airport and alternative to Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.”
“We want to see Ibadan serving as residential town to people working Lagos. We want Ibadan to become the economic hub of South West Nigeria.
“We want to see the city becoming the leading Tourism Centre in Nigeria for Arts and Culture. We want to see it becoming a reference point for self-help community projects.”
He further said: “We to return Ibadan as the seat of political leadership and direction for South West Nigeria and we look forward to seeing CCII as an internationally recognized community voice in Nigeria.’’
Soladoye then listed the new committees saddled with the responsibility of the project to include Finance and General Purpose; Ibadan Cultural Festival; Membership Development and Services; Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Awards.
The president-general, who listed several achievements of his administration in 100 days, said that he was also committed to the completion of the Olubadan palace before the expiration of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi’s administration.
He urged the people to beware of people ‘Pull Him Down (PHD) Syndrome’ and who jettisons working for glory and legacy for money.
In his goodwill message, the chairman of the occasion and an oil magnate, Mr. Seyi Makinde, lauded the group for the innovative and noble idea, while urging the newly inaugurated committee members to contribute their quota to the progress and development of Ibadanland.
Among the committees are Ethics and Values; Youth Development and Empowerment; Research, Planning and Economic Development; Social, Welfare and Sports Development; Public Relations and Ibadan Rebranding.
On the list are Olubadan-in-Council and Related Affairs; Ibadan Less City and Urban Renewal; Safety of Lives and Properties; Lobby and Legislative Matters; Ibadan Gbemi and Non-Indigenes.
Others include Health, Editorial, Legal Affairs, Council Secretariat and Library and Archives.