Following the massive investment in Ibeju Lekki community in the last five years, the Onibeju of Ibeju land, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Rafiu Olusegun Salami Ogunbamise 1, said the interest shown by investors in the community had led to drastic drop in unemployment.
The elated monarch, who disclosed this to journalist as part of activities to mark his 10th year coronation anniversary, said the rapid industrialisation of the community confirmed his prediction that the community would transform within a period of five years.
According to him, “some of the major gigantic projects that have either been proposed or are already having their bearings on Ibeju – Lekki at the moment include the new multibillion naira international airport, the new seaport, the Dangote Refinery, the Lekki Free Trade Zone, the new Shoprite, Pan Atlantic University and the 4th Mainland Bridge.
“Others include the Eleganza Industrial City, Coscharis Motors and the new Computer Village, just to mention but a few.”
The monarch, who commended the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, for making the development process possible, also declared that beyond industrialisation, the once sleepy community has increasingly becoming the residential choice of several Lagosians, stressing that the influx of people indicating interest in owning residential property was becoming quite overwhelming.
He pointed out that taking a walk around the nooks and crannies of Ibeju would reveal the all-round massive development going on.
“I recall that I was formally enthroned as the Onibeju of Ibeju-Lekki dynasty about 10 years ago. And I said to myself, how time flies.
“Again, I remembered vividly that the first task that greeted me as an Oba was precisely how to transform, not just the traditional stool and the hard working people of IbejuLekki kingdom but also on how to transform the entire land space within the Kingdom. And so, the idea of attracting quick development to my people and the Ibeju Kingdom was born; the idea of translating Ibeju land to a kingdom of attraction was discovered; the idea of transforming Ibeju to a glorious Kingdom was also born; the idea of transforming Ibeju Kingdom to a land flowing with milk and honey was hatched. That was about 10 years ago.
“For those of us who were privileged to be here when I had my five years coronation anniversary, you would recall that I did make a bold promise then, saying, “I am believing God Almighty that when we shall gather here again in another five years’ time (which is today) to celebrate my 10th year on the throne, Ibeju-Lekki would easily pass for the Dubai, of Nigeria and by extension, the Dubai of Africa”, true or false? The answer is true.
“Under my watch, IbejuLekki has continued to enjoy peace, unity and security. Beyond the above, Ibeju Lekki has also enjoyed tremendous co-operation and a huge magnanimity from the state government
“If you say it has become a Mecca of some sort to investors, you would not be wrong. Instead, you would only be stating the obvious,” he noted.
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