ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF IJUMU DEVELOPMENT UNION (IDU) MR. ATIBIOKE JULIUS TAIYE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE HELD ON THE 28TH DEC. 2020 AT THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF THE UNION (A.K.A IJUMU HALL OF UNITY) BESIDE NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY IYARA CENTRE IYARA – IJUMU KOGI STATE.
With great pleasure, I welcome HRM the Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom and all our Royal Fathers here this morning to the Annual General Conference of Ijumu Development Union (IDU) for the year 2020. I also welcome here in our midst all distinguished and eminent sons and daughters of Ijumu Kingdom. I wish you all Merry Christmas in arrears and Happy New Year ahead in Jesus Name.
We give thanks to God Almighty who in His mercies kept us through the dangers and perils of the year 2020, and has counted us worthy to be among the living today to witness this occasion of 2020 Annual General Conference, we pray that His presence will see us through 2020 and the years ahead in Jesus name. Amen!
We thank HRM Oba Williams Olusegun Ayeni (JP) and all Ijumu Tradition Rulers (Oba) for their support and Co-operation. We thank the Asiwaju of Ijumu Kingdom & his lieutenant. We thank every Ijumu Sons and daughters for their contributions, Suggestions and advice to the leadership of the union under my watch may God reward your labour of love.
OUR SCORE CARD FOR THE SECOND TERM 2019-2020
Below are the success recorded for the year under review:
- Successful execution of 2019 mid-year conference at Iyamoye.
- Inauguration of New patrons and Matrons of the Union at the 2019 Mid-year conference at Iyamoye.
- Successful celebration of 2019 Ijumu day.
- Successful hosting of 2019 Annual General Conference by Ogidi Community.
- Roofing of the National Secretariat early in the year precisely February .
- Successful distribution of palliative supplied through the IDU to Ijumu people by the following: Ijumu Sons.
(a) Hon. Kilani Olumo Olusola
(b) Dr. Bolu Rotimi.
- Production and launching of IDU 2021 Documentary Calendar.
- Sand-filling, flooring and fixing the Ceiling of the Main Hall of the National Secretariat.
- Attempt at establishing branches of IDU at Abuja.
We thank all that have made this humble progress achievable. God bless you all.
Inspite of the above humble achievements we were faced with some challenges in the year under review as highlighted below:
- General Apathy
- Non participation in the activities of IDU by many of our elites.
- Neglects of the union by political class.
- Paucity of funds
- Weak or non functional Community Development associations of Many Ijumu communities.
- Lack of cooperation among some community development leadership and their traditional rulers.
- Unnecessary rivalries and competitions where we are to complement each other.
All the above challenges were some of the draw back to achieving most of our desired vision. We appeal that as a people there is a need for us to cooperate with our Local community Development Associations and the Ijumu Development Union (IDU).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION AND POLITICS IN IJUMU.
The Local Government election has come and gone. No victor No vanquished. I appeal to the new chairman to be magnanimous in victory. I therefore urge all Ijumu sons and daughters to rally round him and his council. We should come up with a blue print or agenda for peace, progress and development of Ijumu Local Government Area.
We may need to review our style of politics in Ijumu to accommodate dissenting opinions and to tolerate other peoples view. The principle of winners take all will not augur well for our democracy in this part of the clime. I therefore appeal to our politicians to see themselves as one and partners in progress for the sole benefits of the masses irrespective of their political inclination or platforms.
FINANCES OF THE UNION
The financial position of the union is very poor, this has been the situation for quite sometimes, the inability of Community Development Associations to pay their annual dues and failure of people who made pledges to the union to redeem them has contributed greatly to the poor financial status of the union.
We therefore appeal to Community Development Associations to pay their annual dues as at when due, those who are owing should also pay their debts and those who made pledges should please redeem their pledges.
SECURITY IN IJUMU
There is no doubt that the issue of safety and insecurity has become a puzzle that is yet to be sorted out by governments at all levels of the federation. Since we are part of the federation, we definitely must have our own share of it. However, we think as a people we must design our local way of keeping our locality secured.
This I think is the responsibility of the Local Government Administration. We therefore urge the chairman to work closely with our traditional rulers, security agencies and other relevant stakeholders in the Kingdom in other to design a security architecture.
INFRASTRUCTURE IN IJUMU
We are faced with serious dearth of infrastructure in Ijumu, for instance, electricity supply is less than 10% of what is supplied in Kabba/Bunu and environs, yet our people are saddled with high rate of electricity billing.
Our medical & health facilities are crying for attention, no government intervention, no serious attention is given to that area of our life.
Our education particularly at the Primary school level is in shambles, we do not have enough teachers anymore, the ones remaining in the class rooms are either not committed or not competent. Payment of salaries of these teacher has become serious issues as government claimed to be suffering from paucity of funds. All these will definitely affect our children and the society at large in future. We think its high time we put our difference apart and work together as one, in other to achieve a stable society for our children and ourselves too.
The year 2020 has been the most turbulent year most of us has ever witnessed. This year came with its wave of death and diseases. On a very sad note, we lost some of our eminent personalities among who were: Barr. Kola Ojo – former legal adviser of this union, Mr. Jokotola Abdul – Mbr. Of this outgoing Exco, Elder Raphael Tolorunleke – Mbr. Of this outgoing Exco, Flight Lt. R T Arotile – an officer of the Nigerian Airforce, Chief R.A Ibitomi – former president of IDU, Eng. Rev. Canon Ikupoluyi – Forner President IDU and recently Major Gen. J.O Irefin of the Nigerian Army.
May the souls of these Ijumu patriots rest in peace as we rise to observe a minute silence.
Thanks be to God, the year was not all sad news for us. We felicitate with Professor Olayemi Akinwumi whose appointment was announced recently as the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja. To God be the glory.
Professor Olayemi hails from Ekinrin – Adde, a renowned Professor of History. We congratulate and rejoice with him and Ekinrin – Adde Community. We pray that the Almighty God will guide you and make His face to shine upon you for great success.
OBSERVATIONS AND ADMONITION
My experience at the leadership of this great body for the past four years has shown that Ijumu is EXTRA ORDINARILY blessed with human resources in every area of life and human endeavours one may wish to think of. The major problem we have from my observation is lack of unity; I mean collective unity as one indivisible Ijumu people of which I stand to be corrected. We are no doubt leaders of Okun. I hope we will realize this early enough before its too late.
I have observed that, politics has gradually become very violent in Ijumu Kingdom recently. The use of thuggery, arms and weapons has become part of our electioneering system.
This is not the kind of Ijumu that was bequeathed to us. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good.
It is also observed that the problem of disunity in Ijumu is as a result of politics. If truly we want to serve our people, party politics should not be this acrimonious.
We need to strengthen our institutions in Ijumu and accord them their due respect.
The Olujumu stool is a sacrosanct institution that must not be profaned. We have institutions as Ijumu Consultative Forum, Ijumu Honorary Chiefs and Ijumu Elders Committee, Ijumu Development Union, Ijumu Students Union, Egbe Obirin Ijumu, all these are institutions that help and assist in the administration and maintenance of peace and progress in the kingdom, we need to revive and strengthen these institutions to become more functional and relevant.
Finally we need to be truthful with ourselves as a people, enough of deceptions and lies. We cheat on ourselves and lie to ourselves yet we expect others not to do same to us.
Gradually our Youths who are supposed to be our future leaders have lost focus, and are no longer interested in the values of dignity of labour and education, they are drifting into a sorry state of drug addiction, cyber crimes, thuggery, armed robbery, Kidnapping, teenage pregnancy, school drop outs syndrome and all manner of criminalities that one can imagined.
If we fail to mitigate all these evils that are sprouting, as some of us feel safe, secured and unconcerned, the evil days are ahead sooner than we expect.
I appeal to our elites, political giants, eminent individual, beaurocrats of great repute to please close ranks and come together to work with relevant stakeholders for the peace and progress of Ijumu Kingdom.
Today marks the end of our tenure as the National Executive Committee of Ijumu Development Union according to the provisions of our constitution, I thank all my executive member who stood by me as I pilot the affairs of the union. May the Lord reward your labour of love. Amen!!
We have done our bit within the resources that is available to us and within our capacity.
I appeal to those who would be taking over from us to strive and work hard to excel more than us.
I urge you all to give your maximum support to the new Excos for greater achievement.
I assure you of our support and cooperation at all time as it concerns the union.
Therefore, I appeal that competent and experienced people should be presented for office to build on previous legacies.
We must remember that communities that are owing the union cannot present candidates for office according to our constitution. Therefore let us be guided by the letters and spirit of our constitution.
Finally, I thank all of you that have given me your maximum support while at the helms of affairs of the union, you are too numerous to be mentioned here. The grace of God abide with you all in Jesus name.
Thank you, merry Christmas and Happy New Year ahead.
ATIBIOKE JULIUS TAIYE
Ijumu Development Union