The Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, HIM Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has expressed optimism on the strength of Iwoland, saying his dream is to see the ancient town greater than the Centre of Excellence, Lagos.
Oba Akanbi said his efforts are tailored towards building a distinctively economic vibrant metropolis, urging stakeholders to complement his endeavours at restoring the glory of Iwo.
Oluwo made the disclosure today at the annual 2021 Iwo Day celebration held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Oluwo Stadium, Iwo, Osun State.
Oba Akanbi disclosed Iwo was the 5th largest city in Nigeria in 1931 after Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Ogbomosho.
He assured citizens of his commitment to meet up again and be better through a vigorous and rigorous exercise of traditional influence.
Oba Akanbi called on well-meaning sons and daughters of Iwoland to be more dedicated to Iwo through harmonization of interest at securing a better future for the land.
The monarch said: “In 1931, according to the census conducted, Iwo was the 5th largest city after Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Ogbomoso. But certain factors that cannot be discussed here caused a monumental drawback. I’ve come to reclaim and restore the glory of the town to compete favourably with Lagos, Kano and other great cities.”
“I’m trying my utmost through traditional influence. Occasionally, I act like a boy, I don’t mind presenting myself a party man if such will be to the advantage of the town.”
Oba Adewale Akanbi continued: “While I acknowledge the efforts of the Patriots, I want to charge them to continuously toe the path of honour. I look up to the constitution of a powerful team that we designed 2030, 2040 and 2050 visions for Iwoland.”
“We should have a plan of action at intervals to economically, politically, socially and educationally shape the fortune of our great land, Iwo, the home of a parrot.”
“I appeal to every parent to encourage their children to be loyal and patriotic. Iwo is business-friendly and safe for investment. Let’s harmonize interest to bring out the best in us.”
“My enthronement heralded unprecedented recognition for Iwo. Development is in stages. We have successfully established our position and the next is the facilitation of infrastructures. We are on that now. Though it is a sacrifice but I’m enjoying it. The results are motivations to do. I enjoin reasonable individuals to cooperate in face-lifting our dear heritage.” Oluwo concluded.