Kuta Ikoyi-Ede Residents agog as Oyetola, Buratai commission agelong bridge

Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude Tegbosun 3, Chief of Army staff, General Tukur Buratai and the Governor of Osun state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola at the Osun bridge commissioning in Kuta-Ikoyi on Monday, 14th September, 2020

Conceived hundred years for the purpose of linking Kuta, Ikoyi towns to Ede community area of Osun state by road for several years, the completion and commissioning of Bailey bridge ushers in a new life for residents, Tunde Olorungbotemi, VOICE AIR MEDIA's correspondent in Osun state writes.

On Monday, September 14, 2020, during the commissioning of the bridge, people of the town went agog and hailed Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude Tegbosun 3, Chief of Army staff, General Tukur Buratai and the Governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola for their support and the important role they had played in the construction of the Kuta Ikoyi-Ede bridge, which had long been ignored, but under the kingship of Tegbosun 3, received live when the military authority took it upon themselves to construct it and reconnect the two ancient town.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General T.Y Buratai, led top military officers to the commissioning of the bridge, which has in attendance other dignitaries such as the host Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Deputy Governor, Benedict Gboyega Alabi, Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, Senator Oriolowo, Hon. (Mrs) Taiwo Oluga and the Oluwo of Iwoland, HIM Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, Tèlú I and captains of industry, politicians and religious leaders.

Oba Oyelude said achieving the construction of the bridge during his reign marks the beginning of a new era under for the people of Owu Kuta, Ikoyi and Ede.

“There were moments when their hopes were raised only to be tragically dashed from unexpected quarters. Several of our illustrious sons and daughters worked very hard to birth this dream of our fathers without success. It wasn’t that they were not patriotic or that they did not do enough. It was just that victory does not always go the way of the strongest nor the race to the swiftest.

“When I became the Olowu of Kuta some years ago, I made a covenant with God and with my ancestors to use every contact and connection I might have to advance the cause of Kuta. And that precisely I have been doing without looking back. It was the spirit behind the construction of the Olowu Kuta palace which we are also commissioning today.

“The same spirit spurred me to seek help from General Buratai for the construction of the Osun bridge. My people say when fortune wants to smile on a man, his Maker (or what we call ori) will send an angel to him. I must state it here and now that the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai is that angel dispatched from heaven to free our town from being a cul de sac, a route leading nowhere, or what the Yoruba call oku’na. Let me put it on record that I got the nod and the official approval of the COAS for the bridge project in less than one day. He surprised me. God will continue to give him and all around him pleasant surprises. Today, I am proud to go to the rooftops to shout that we are the greatest beneficiary of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari through the Chief of Army Staff.

“It took us more than a hundred years to get this done! I dare say that a hundred years from now, sons and daughters of Kuta, Ikoyi and Ede and all our neighbours will remember a bridge-builder Babur man in Army uniform from Buratai in far away Borno State who, out of sheer love for me, for my people and for my state decided to use his office to get this done for Yorubaland.”

The Monarch also expressed his happiness on Monday during the official commissioning of his multi-million palace hall in Kuta, Ayedire local government area of the state.

The Monarch said his community will henceforth be celebrating the historic achievements by marking a yearly Buratai Bailey day, which will be to celebrate the Nigerian Army efforts towards protecting the country.

Meanwhile, Oba Oyelude dedicated one of the buildings to the Army Chief, Buratai, while the second building was an Event Centre/Guest House for receiving guests and holding of meetings at the palace.

Appraising the standard of the bridge at the event, the Governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola used the opportunity to appreciate the Chief of Army Staff for his special interest in Osun, especially his contributions to the security, health and the socio-economic development of the State.

He particularly thanked him; For rising to the security needs of the State last year when its peace was challenged by the raging security situation in the country.

For organising social media seminar for Social media influencers and media practitioners to engender peace in August.

For donating a military cottage hospital to Asamu town to complement our health care agenda.

For donating two bridges to Kuta Community to further enhance the socio-economic status of the people and the State.

The governor also thanked Lt. Gen. Adeosun for being a good ambassador of the State of Osun and for facilitating development projects to the State.

Oyetola also appreciated the extant collaboration which the state and Nigeria enjoy from the Nigerian Army towards combating series of challenges facing the country.

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It was an elaborate event that saw all sons and daughters of Owu Kúta, Ikoyi and adjoining communities adorned in same uniform (Aso-ebi) with various band stands celebrating the link bridge they have been yearning for for over 40 years.

At the Palace of Oluwo of Kuta, guests and residents were treated to melodious Fuji rhymes by sensational musician, Abass Akande Obesere, creating an experience that will linger for so long in their memories.

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