By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
In a bid to ensure total development and economic growth of Yewaland, eminent citizens and stakeholders in the region have organized a pre-conference dinner to brainstorm and share ideas on the way forward for the region.
The 2017 Yewa Day Conference, United Kingdom’s pre-conference event that was held in Ilaro was put together for citizens of the region to have a taste of what the main event would look like later this year in October.
Speaking at the event, Professor of Microbiology and Dean, Faculty of Microbiology of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Tope Popoola, who was the guest speaker, attributed politics as one major reason for the present poor state of development in the region.
He pointed out that prominent members of political class in the region have collaborated extensively as willing tools in mortgaging the past opportunities of the region of attaining the position of number one citizen in Ogun State.
Prof. Popoola who also identified the problems of the past as being responsible for the inability of the region to attain the governorship position said, “looking through the past years, I was able to identity myriads of problems as being responsible for our inability to clinch the governorship position some of which include; multiple candidatures, our inability to speak with one voice, politics of intolerance and bitterness, political maneuvering for selfish and personal interests and insincerity of our political leaders”.
The Professor of Micro Biology further said that, politics of exclusion, lack of effective political leadership and lack of strategic political thinkers who could provide guides and directions has contributed to the poor state of development of the region.
While charting the way forward for the region, Prof. Popoola urged citizens of the Yewaland to learn from the mistakes of their past political history and harness the current opportunities in the state to ensure that the people of Yewa Aworiland would produce the next governor of the state which would eventually lead to the development of the region.
Speaking earlier on the role and benefits of involving the community in effective security, the guest speaker of the event, CSP Muyideen Obe said that involving community in policing has committed the members of the force to respect and protect human rights, stating that its now a common practice that any infringement on human right were promptly and fearlessly protected against by the community
CSP Obe posited that through community policing, rate of crimes has drastically reduced in the society and on a long run promote mutual understanding between the citizens and the police authority.
He advised every members of the public to involve in community policing as such would go a long way at ensuring and fostal peaceful atmosphere and development of the society.
Appreciating the gathering, the Chairman planning committee of the event, Mr. Olatunji Olaleye thanked the state government and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and others for their support while reassuring that Yewaland with the continues cooperation and support of its citizens would develop and history would be favourable to the region.