**We Accept New LCDA, We Know its Value – Ogunlalaka*
Hundreds of leaders of various communities from across Isinkan land, comprising of traditional and religious leaders as well as youths from Omu, Oke Ilero, Ita-oniyan, Aponmu, Oke-ogba and other notable villages in Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 of Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday thronged the palace of the traditional ruler of Isinkan town, Oba Oluwagbemiga Olofin-Adimula to express their joy over the proposed creation of an LCDA for the people of the three wards in Isinkan.
Chief Idowu Ogunlalaka who spoke on behalf of the leaders stated that the impromptu rally was necessary to clear any ambiguity about the disposition of the people in the various communities to the action.
“We heard that some people in Akure town said they are against the new LCDA. They are Akure. We are Isinkan. This is our land.
“Before we came here, we held 4 hours’ marathon meeting in Aponmu. Everybody is happy and excited. We are satisfied with having the Headquarters in Isinkan. Isinkan is our “orirun” (source). We are not Omo ale (bastards).
“If they claimed that any illegal Olu is against this good development, they and their illegal Olu will fail. The genuine Olus are all in support of the development.
“This is why we have agitated that any Olu on any community or land in Isinkan must be a bonafide Isinkan blood as owners of the land.
In his contribution, Olu Ayodeji Fatoki, the Olu of Aladodo in Isinkan, corroborated the speakers, saying “We the youths of Isinkan land and the communities, villages and farm settlements across Isinkan land are immensely grateful to the government of Ondo State under the able leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa as well as members of the Ondo State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji and the Deputy Speaker Prince Abayomi Akinruntan, for their wisdom in rectifying an agelong suppression through the propose Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in our domain and sitting its headquarters in Isinkan.
“We are aware that the creation of the LCDA is a blessing as it will bring development closer to our people.
“New and old local government workers will also benefit as many of them will be employed or posted there to function in various capacities and this will boost their career progression and give them opportunities to reach the peak.
“It is also an avenue for more people in the grass roots to participate in governance as elected officials. The influx of workers, visitors, contractors and investors to the new LCDA will rub off positively on the economy of our community and the people in so many ways.
They said the yearnings of the people at the villages and settlements in Isinkan kingdom have been fulfilled with this creation of LCDA.
The youthful leaders dilivered a jointly signed communique to the royal father and enjoined him to help them deliver it to the House of Assembly.