Funfare as Iwaro-Oka Celebrates new yam festival

The traditional ruler of Asin Oka of Iwaro- Oka in Akoko South West area of Ondo State, Oba Pius Akande has called on the state government to fix a seven kilometre road that would ease movement of Agricultural produce from the farm.

He made the call while  speaking with reporters  at this year’s edition of New Yam festival in the community.

The new yam festival gave the people of the community opportunity to showcase their rich culture.

Oba Akande said the the most important thing his community wants is for the government to construct the road linking the community with others which  has been abandoned for over 30 years.

The traditional ruler said the poor condition of the road is affecting the development and economic activities of the community in several ways.

“The most important and only thing one and only thing I want government to do for my community is to fix our road from Ayegunle through Iwaro to oke Oka.

“It’s a major thing we are not happy about it, it’s really affecting our development we want government to come to our aid,” he said.

On the festival, Oba Akande said it was part of the ways the community used to thank God for bumper harvest, foster unity and improve the economy.

Also speaking with NAN, an elder in the community, Mr Tolorunlogo Jerome said the community lacks good roads and needed help with giving employment to the youths of the community from government.

Jerome urged government to help tackle hunger and unemployment in the land so as to reduce various forms of insecurity.

He said the festival was more than a mere celebration but as means of fostering unity amongst the indegines of the community and to preserve the culture from going into extinction.

“We want government to help do the Ayegunle-Oka through Iwaro-Oka to road, it’s a connecting route for our people, we are lacking so many social amenities,” he said
The Immediate past Reagent of Iwaro-Oka, Princess Adekemi Omorinbola who also spoke about the importance of the said road to the economic benefits of the town said the people of the town needed presence of government more.
Omoborinbola, who is also an Ambassador of Universe Peace Federation, said the festival was a means of preserving the culture of the community and engendering unity.
The President of Iwaro Youth Council, BolorunDuro Ola, said government should help the  youths of the community with employment or empowerment as they are the future of the community.

Another Leader of th community, Mr Jerome Orole said more was needed from the government, especially motorable roads for most of the farm produce to get to the market easily.(NAN)