By Olusola Alatise
Sons and daughters of Uso town in Owo Local Government Council of Ondo State have been charged to come together for the upliftment of the ancient town so that the desired development and growth of the town could be attained.
This was the submission of stakeholders in the community at the end of their first summit for economic development held in Akure during the weekend.
According to a statement signed by Mr. Niran Abitogun and made available to The Hope, indigenes of the ancient town were charged to embark on massive economic activities that will ensure political and economic emancipation of the town.
Oloba of Uso, Oba Ademola Adebiyi Oyinbade while welcoming his subjects to the summit, charged them to make Uso community the focus of their deliberations, stressing that the summit must make suggestions on how to reverse the trend of mass exodus of indigenes of the town.
Ven. Olatunde Abiodun of St Andrews’ Church, Uso at the Summit said the development of Uso town is a grassroots process that will make the town more responsible to create enabling environment which will boost her economic activities.
Abiodun who spoke on the theme “Reconnecting my Roots” said community development would seek to improve quality of life, while effective community development would result into mutual benefits and shared responsibility among the community members.
In his remarks at the summit, Former Chairman of Akure Local Government, Dr Samuel Bankole who commended Oloba for initiating the summit admonished Uso indigenes to see the town as their Jerusalem which he said must not be neglected or abandoned
Dr. Irewole Fatukasi of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, submitted that developing a reasonable community must kick-start from a potent family structure as he called on indigenes of Uso to settle all the lingering political differences so that peaceful atmosphere can be created for meaningful development .
On her own, Dr (Mrs) Jumoke Asiwaju of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko listed factors that are responsible for people’s disconnection from their roots to include: economic problems, cultural issues, previous experience and developmental challenges facing the town. She however submitted that there is no problem without solution.
“There are many communal problems we can fix. We can light-up Uso at night with solar panels, we can create a developmental fund that will among other things, give soft loans to women, offer scholarship to brilliant but underprivileged students and equip the youths with Entrepreneurial, Vocational and Technical skills “, he submitted.
Highlights of the well attended Summit was the issue of 10 points communique signed by Mr E. D. Ayodele on behalf of Uso community.