By Raji Rasak
Badagry (Lagos State), Jan. 26, 2019 (NNN) The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, has urged Oba Oyekanmi Ajose, the Alapa of Apa Kingdom, near Badagry, to foster peace and harmony amongst his subjects.
Adebule gave the advice at the 10th Year Coronation Anniversary of the monarch on Saturday in Apa Town, Lagos.
The deputy governor encouraged the traditional ruler to continue to complement the efforts of the state government to ensure a safe society for all citizens.
“You should also continue to assist the government to maintain peace in your domain, because governance is a collective responsibility, particularly during a democratic dispensation.
“Apa Kingdom is one of the most peaceful communities in the state, with the increasing population and growth of other ethnic groups who have come to seek economic opportunities.
” The town has been so accommodating and hospitable to all and sundry because of the leadership role of our king,” she said.
Adebule, represented by Mrs Anike Adekanye, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, District V, also urged residents of Apa Town to continue to discharge their civic responsibilities.
“I assure you that our administration led by our amiable Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode will not relent in providing able leadership.
“He will continue to execute programme of actions to better the lots of our citizens,” she said.
Also, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Environment, promised that all ongoing projects in the town would be completed by the coming APC-led government.
Hunpe, who is the APC candidate for the House of Representatives in the general elections, urged the residents to cast their votes for APC candidates.
Joseph Gbenu, the Executive Chairman, Badagry West, Local Council Development Area, said, “It is no doubt that our royal fathers are the true custodian of our history, traditions and cultural heritage.
Gbenu said that the reign of the king had brought peace, tranquility, harmony, transparency and justice to Apa Kingdom in particular and Badagry West in general.
Responding, the Alapa appealed to the state government to release the acquired land and properties in the area for the needed infrastructure and physical development of the area.
According to the monarch, we have suffered enough on this and the government should have compassion on us.
“Apa Kingdom has not made any significant progress in the areas of infrastructure development.
” Our towns and villages are not supplied with portable drinking water, roads, electricity and have no access to other basic amenities and services,” said the monarch. (NNN)
Edited by Bayo Sekoni/Olagoke Olatoye