History was made on Saturday 31st July, 2021 as eminent citizens of Egboro land, as well as friends of the community joined the Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa to raise funds and lay the foundation for a new ultramodern residential palace of Elegboro.
Powered by the Ijebu-Jesa Unions’Conference (IJUC), the proposed iconic palace was designed by the architectural firm of Mr Ayo Onajide. It promises to bring a sense of grandeur to Ijebu-Jesa upon completion.
During the project overview, the IJUC Global President, Engr. Oluwagbemiga Abudiore pointed that the new palace premises will house a couple of iconic centres such as the ultramodern residential palace with carport for the Kabiyesi, a community museum for historical artefacts and monuments, a pavilion for indoor games like tennis, ayo-olopon, draughts etc. The magistrate court will also be housed within.
According to him, “many of our forebears have contributed immensely to the development of this town, and we’re proud to continue that legacy with this laudable befitting residential palace.”
For the fund raising, Engr. Abudiore noted that the Chairman and Chief Launcher for the event, Aare Afe Babalola could not attend in person owing to certain exigencies. He however have his commitment and has requested for the IJUC project account. In like manner Asiwaju Rotimi Obeisun who is the Chairman Fund Raising Committee could not attend due to the sudden death of one of his bossom friends. He however sent in his apologies and pledged a donation of N10m to be paid in five equal tranches. He enclosed a cheque of N2m for the first phase of foundation laying. Other payments will be made as the project progresses into decking, roofing, plumbing and electrical stages as well as painting and interiors.
The IJUC North America chapter also donated the sum of N10m towards this phase of the project. A dummy cheque showing the amount donated by IJUC-NA was presented to the admiration of everyone in attendance.
The Balogun of Egboro land, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi made a donation of N1m to this phase of the project. Agboja Klub was represented by immediate past president of IJUC, Chief Yemi Olukiran. The club made a donation of N250,000. The Elegboro, Oba Moses Oluwafemi Agunsoye donated 1000 blocks, while the Egboro Council of Chiefs also announced a donation of 500 blocks.
Other individuals announced various donations as the project commenced with the foundation laying ceremony performed by the Kabiyesi and other dignitaries.
Oba Agunsoye was full of praises for the IJUC for thinking it wise to embark on such a historical monument. He then used the avenue to call on other well meaning sons and daughters of the town to lend a hand towards the success of the project.
Prof Taiwo Olowokure and Chief Yemi Olukiran both hailed the community service spirit of the IJUC and prayed for the successful completion of the edifice which will be a cynosure of all eyes when completed