Ijigba is made up of six communities in the suburb of Akure in Akure North Local Government area of Ondo State.
The communities are Ejigba 1&2, Olasupe, Oloruntedo, Kajola/Ogunade, and Ifelodun/Onimaalu.
The communities is headed by the Olujigba, a chieftaincy title bestowed on Ambassador Luyi Rotimi, FCA, by the late Deji of Akureland, Oba Adebiyi Adesida the Afunbiowo 11, on February 6th, 2012.
By next Thursday, the Olujigba would be celebrating eighth years on the throne. He shared the history of the territory with JATS Online News and some of the developmental projects he has been able to achieve so far.
According to the 81 years old Ambassador Luyi Rotimi, the most important achievement was his ability to unite the six communities through the formation of Olujigba-in-Council, and nine committees on different areas of development.
The first Olujigba of Ijigba noted that within the eight years of his ruling the area, they had been able to establish two community primary schools which had been taken over by the government, and two secondary schools awaiting the approval of the government.
Also, a new modern palace would be commissioned as part of activities lined up for the installation anniversary, which would be preceded by commissioning of the market built by the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu on January 30th, 2020.
Describing the event as holding in form of Thanksgiving, he noted that for the past four years, the six communities had been holding ‘Ijigba Prays’ programme, quarterly, which had helped them to enjoy peaceful co-existence, adding that the 17th edition of the prayer would hold on February 16th, 2020.
On the presence of the government in the area, the Olujigba appealed to the government to help fix the gully on the road that links Ijigba with Oloruntedo, saying it poses great danger.
According to him, the community which is 15km away from Akure city, needs good road network, saying it has a large population of electorate. He affirmed that the area has the potential to become a beautiful country side for people who would be tired of the of the stress of Akure city.
He was optimistic that in the next five years, the Ijigba domain would have become a place that would habour industries, considering the emergence of two different microfinance institutions awaiting grants to execute 2,000 projects aimed at boosting the economic activities of the area, through farming, trading and artisans’ empowerment.
Reacting on whether the Oujigba tittle is rotational among the six communities, he disclosed that it was an honour bestowed on him by the then Deji, saying such demand may arise in the nearest future, but nothing of such for now.
The first Olujigba of Ijigba said: ” I think in the fullness of time, traditional Chiefs may come up like Lisa, Odopetu, etc, but for now we have not taken decision of traditional structure of Ijigba, only about administrative structure. Ijigba city is large and essentially made up of non-indigenes.
“The owners have sold a number of inheritance to people who helped them develop it, so if you take the total population of Ijigba today, you hardly get 10% of Akure people. It’s difficult to organise Ijigba in a traditional way like we have in Oda and Ilekun, because they are purely traditional people”.