The Seyi Makinde led government of Oyo state is set to commission another edifice; the Mini Mapo Hall, facilitated by the Ibadan South-West Local Government Traditional Council on Wednesday.
The N135m construction hall according to the chairman of the council; former Governor and Osi Olubadan of Ibadan Senator Rashidi Ladoja, will be used for council meetings as well as other functions.
Chief Taiwo Oyekan, Project Manager and Council Member, on Tuesday praised Ladoja for the facility’s vision. Chief Taiwo Oyekan, who designed the building and supervised its construction for free, praised Ladoja for the project’s vision.
“Ladoja felt where we were holding our council meeting at Town Planning on Ring Road in a rented space, was not ideal for us. He said we needed a place of our own.
“And you know he is a very intelligent man. I call him our quintessential intellectual. When you are talking to him, he is 10 steps ahead of you and so you have to be thinking fast as he is asking you questions.
“He even gave it the name Mini Mapo, that we should build something that is a replica of the historic Mapo Hall. We welcomed it and all members of the council keyed into the vision.
“Initially, we didn’t have enough money to finance the project. He charged us to start it first and he asked me to be the project manager and I took it up free of charge because it is our project.
“You can see that what we have here is a mini version of Mapo Hall. If you know the history of Mapo, you will know it was a place where the administrators of Ibadan used to hold meetings and take decisions about the development of the city. They would come together and talk about progress and development of Ibadanland.
“This is exactly what we have done in Ibadan South-West Local Government Traditional Council and I guess that is part of what Ladoja was looking at. Mapo is an organic structure that can be replicated anywhere and that is exactly what we have done.
“We have come up with a mini Mapo Hall in Ibadan South-West with some modernity into it,” he said.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Lekan Balogun, members of the Olubadan-in-Council, 11 local government chairmen in Ibadan, and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend the inauguration event.