Wednesday 28 December 2022


THE congress of the Ijesa Development Council (IDC) gathered at the Damol  Event and Conference Centre, Ilesa, Osun State on Monday 26th December for their 2022 Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting marked the end of the two-year of the transition team headed by Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa who welcomed members of the congress in the name of Chief Akinwande Akinola, the Chairman of the Advisory Board. 

The AGM had in attendance representatives across all levels of clubs, unions and associations that form the membership of the IDC. 

Prof. Kanmi Abimbola presenting progress report on establishment of a private university

Dr. Diipo Folorunso presenting progress report on establishment of large scale industrial projects in Ijesaland

The event witnessed the masterful presentation on the history of the formation of the IDC , the progress reports on the establishment of large scale industrial projects in Ijesaland , the report on the progress being made on the establishment of private university in Ijesaland and the election of the maiden executive committee members.

Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa explicitly traced the history of the formation of the IDC from its inception at the celebration of Chief Akinwande Akinola's 80th birthday celebration of 2019. (Find attached below the full text of his presentation.)

Through a Yes or No ballot paper voting system, a brand-new maiden Executive Committee was elected by all 21 representatives of members present.

Prof. Rotimi Tayo who was unanimously elected as a member of the Advisory Board administered the oath of office at the inauguration of the maiden executive committee members.

Members of the newly elected Executive Committee include: Mr. Ezekiel Olasupo Shadiya (President), Chief Mrs. Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo (First Vice President), Engr. Olugbenga Abudiore (Second Vice President), Dr. Diipo Folorunso ( General Secretary), Mrs. Abosede Odole (Treasurer), Mr. Biodun Ogunbeku (Assistant Secretary), Chief Afolabi Igbaroola (Financial Secretary), Mr. Olayemi Fadipe (Publicity Secretary), Pastor Gbenga Osungbohun (Social Secretary)  Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa (Ex-Officio).

Chief Mrs. Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo (First Vice President)

Engr. Olugbenga Abudiore (Second Vice President)

Engr. Olugbenga Abudiore (Second Vice President), Dr. Diipo Folorunso ( General Secretary)

Mr. Olayemi Fadipe (Publicity Secretary), Pastor Gbenga Osungbohun (Social Secretary)

Mrs. Abosede Odole (Treasurer)

Chief Afolabi Igbaroola (Financial Secretary)

Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa (Ex-Officio)

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected president, Mr. Olasupo Shadiya who joined the meeting virtually recognized that the tasks before the IDC is enormous as he appreciated the transition committee for their hard work at laying a very solid foundation for the new executive committee to latch on to.

"Life is a journey and faith is our companion. We have started a great journey to transform Ijesaland to the envy of the rest of Nigeria". The pioneer IDC president said.

Read here the history of the formation of the Ijesa Development Council (IDC)

On March 25th 2017 there was a retreat of prominent ijesa Leaders (old and young) at the Resident of  Rtd Justice Olu Ayoola in Ibadan. Chief Akinwande Akinola and Justice Ayoola jointly chaired the Retreat. Oba Jacob Adetayo Haastrup served as Secretary. The main resolution of the well attended retreat was the call for “formation of a platform to bring all development focused organizations and individuals in Ijesaland together for the sole purpose of economic and social development of the kingdom. Several small groups discussions and meetings followed, and the ijesa Development Assembly IDA, was established and inaugurated on the 10th of October 2019 at the occasion of the 80th birthday of Chief AKINOLA - Sawe@80. The 24 members Strategic and Advocacy Committee SAC of the IDA started work immediately on mobilization for the formation of ijesa Development Council.

The IDA and SAC. 

In 2020, the advent of Covid-19 pandemic “tested” the SAC-IDA work. While it distrusted the planned mobilization for IDC formation, it was a good test of the concept of a unifying model for tackling development challenge. The SAC did the following:

1. Mobilization of ijesa Covid Relief Fund - which started on April 1 and until Sept 2, 2020. A total of 131 people contributed. Total contribution of about N13million was realized.

2. Palliative Distribution - between May and June 2020, ijesa Covid Relief Fund palliative of N5,000 per person was distribute to 1457 beneficiaries in the 12 LGA/LCDA in Ijesaland. About N7.3million was spent on palliative and N700,000 on the logistics, materials and publicity.

3. Community Campaign and Distribution of Face Masks by Ijesa Youth Devolpment Forum, IYDF. N74,000 was spent  on Jingles, N600,000 on face masks and N630,000 for Distribution logistics  and Campaign by IYDF.  IYDF distributed about 5000 face masks and campaigned in a large number of  communities in all the  6 LGAs between August 24 and Sept 5 2020. Further Distribution of 5000 face masks purchased at N600,000, was done through Clubs and Societies in Ijesaland. The then Provost of the College of Education Ilesa, Prof Kolawole Kazeem, assisted in the Distribution at no cost to SAC. 

The SAC of IDA also participated in several development dialogue including the OWA palace project, the Conversion of the College of Education to a University and the issue of Mining. The SAC also established Committee on Private University in Ijesaland led by Prof. Abimbola. 

Formation of IDC

Advocacy and Mobilization for the formation of IDC resumed in January 2021. After series of dialogue with stakeholders, a final session with 37 Ijesa Development Focused Organizations,  hosted by Chief Rotimi Obeisun at TIMSED Hotel IjebuJesa on April 2, 2021, the resolution to establish IDC was adopted and the Council was inaugurated on October 2, 2021 at Damol Events and Conference Center in Ilesa. At the inauguration, Chief Akinwande AKINOLA as the Chairman of IDA said “Therefore, on this day 2nd of October, 2021, with all sense of humility and power conferred on me as Chairman of Ijesa Development Assembly,  I hereby pronounce the establishment of Ijesa Development Council as a perpetual umbrella organization for all Ijesa development focused organizations in Nigeria and Diaspora”. 

On October 2, 2022, an interim management team of the IDC was put in place to (a) prepare the constitution of the IDC (b) formally screen admit member organizations into the IDC (c) manage the affairs of the IDC (d) hand over to the pioneer executive of the council. 

The IMT of IDC. Between October 2021 and October 2022, the 7 member IMT did the following with the approval of members of the Congress

1. Formally screened and admitted 34 corporate organizations into the IDC,

2. Appointment of Chief Akinwande AKINOLA as Chairman of Advisory Body of IDC

3. Adoption of the Ijesa Private University Committee led by Prof Abimbola as a Committee of IDC. 

4. Established a constitution drafting committee led by Chief Mrs Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo. 

5. Screened and admitted a new set of 9 corporate members - making the membership of IDC now 43 clubs, unions and associations. 

6. Established a committee on Large Scale industrial Project in Ijesaland led by Mr. Lateef BAKARE

7. Established a committee on Vocational and Enterpreneurship Training Centers in Ijesaland led by Chief. Afolabi Igbaroola

8. Organized bimonthly interactive meetings of members of Congress and managing the affairs of the IDC. 

The Transition. 

The draft constitution of IDC was subjected to discussion on the Ijesaland  general assembly platform (all stakeholders) and by members of the Congress. The Constitution was adopted on October 2,  2022. The IDC interim Management Team was translated into a Transition/Election team with the mandate to conduct an election and inauguration of a substantive executive committee of IDC in December 2022 in line with the dictate of the new constitution. The guideline for the election was adopted by the Congress in November 2022 and today December 26, 2022,  we are conducting the election and having the inauguration. 

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Election Observers: R-L Mr. Dosu Gidigbi, Mrs. Bamidele Bayo-Osibo, Mr. Oladimeji Lasore and Mrs. Faith Oluwaniran-Adeyemi

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