Infrastructure: Ijesa indigenes in US float N1b for projects for homeland

Indigenes under the banner of National Council of Egbe Omo Obokun of Ijesaland have earmarked the sum of N1 billion to execute infrastructure projects in three townships within Ijesaland.

Rhe plan of action was made available to newsmen recently by the leadership of to NCEOOINA.

The benefiting townships within Ijesaland include Ilesa, Imesi-Ile and Erin-Ijesa, all in Osun State.

A statement signed by the facilitators, Rotimi Fafowora, the Chairman of the organisation: Rotimi Oshungbohun: and Chief Florence Funmilola Folami-Adeoye highlighted the projects to include construction of amusement parks, golf courses, zip lines.

“We have concluded necessary arrangements to raise funds for the projects at the convention of the organisation later in the year in Los Angeles. What we are planning to do is to enhance the economic development of our homeland, through infrastructure development,” says Fafowora.

He said the fund raising plan has been approved by members of the council for execution during the national convention of the groups slated for between August 31 and September 1 this year in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Giving a breakdown of the projects in the statement, Fafowora stated that the fund will be used to construct mini amusement parks in the three towns, while a golf course will be built in Ilesa.

He said other components of the economic interventions from the council would be to put in place necessary infrastructure that would assist and facilitate touristic assets of the Ijesa people in Olumirin Water Falls.

“In Erin-Ijesa we are hoping to put in place a zip line that would ensure that tourists who visit the waterfall have the opportunity to explore the 7 mountain tops to view the scenery. We also hope to put an amusement park there for visitors to further explore the environment to the fullest,” he said.  

Fafowora added that each of the parks would sit on five acres of land and that it would also be complemented by outdoor and indoor game facilities for the pleasure of visitors and other patrons from far and wide.

Some of the gaming facilities to be provided include swings and mini-rides, inflatable balloons for kids, swimming pool as well as other complementary items such functional toilets and other conveniences.

 “These projects have been carefully selected by the council to enhance touristic and economic development of our homeland with a view to attracting sons and daughters as well as friends of Ijesaland,” Fafowora said.

Funding for the project will be by kind donations from members, sons and daughters of Ijeshaland and kind-hearted friends and lovers of Ijeshas and that four categories of donations have been put in place to suit various amounts of donations.

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