On Saturday, 24th March 1979, some 82 mokins from Ilara-Mokin and the other towns in Nigeria again converged in Ile Ife to continue the meeting that was adjourned on 3rd February, 1979. A group of Mokins chiefs led by Lisa, High chief Ayo Omole also attended. The meeting was started 11:00 am with the prayers said by Chief J O Fakaiyejo, Mr Adegboye Bakare still presided over the meeting, there were three main items on the agenda which was;
- The draft and constitution
- The 10 years plan of action
- Elections of officers
The chairman of the four man committee, Dr I. A. Odeyemi thanked the Egbe for the trust they had in his members, the Committee’s secretary Mr A F Adelu presented their reports.
The draft Constitution was read through clause by clause in both English and Yoruba Languages and then adopted unanimously after some amendments. The ten year Plan of action was also adopted after some amendments. After the Adoptions of, a representative of Ilara Youth Association Mr Z A Famokun presented a memorandum from the Association, It served as a needed tonic for the Egbe. The memorandum is shown below;
A TIME FOR ACTION
BEING A MEMOMARANDUM FROM THE ILARA YOUTH ASSOCIATION (I.Y.A) TO EGBE OMO ILARA MOKIN AT A MEETING HELD AT LE-IFE ON SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 1979.
The chairman, Chiefs and all Mokins present, we greet you
We have passed through years of intolerable inactivity, we have most of the amenities we have in Ilara today mainly due to luck and we would have taken greater strides if we have made concerted efforts to achieve more. However it appears fortune may at last begin to smile on us considering what happened in the last few weeks with regards to the last meeting in Ife.
We I.Y.A would like to make the following points well known to the Mokins;
We fully endorse the Egbe Omo Ilara Mokin embracing all the Mokins at home and abroad.
We strongly advocate that we should give all it takes to keep the Egbe alive and ensure that it is never given a chance to drift and eventually become ineffective as some of its predecessors. In the light this, we strongly recommended
Only sincerely dedicated and willing officers with good degree of enlightenment and responsibility must be elected to fill all key posts of the Egbe.
That in order to make organization, consultation and communication easy, this crop people should be located close together especially the chairman, secretary and the treasurer.
In order words, we wish to emphasis that all sentiments as regards age status etc. all these should be thrown to wind and a set of purely highly inspired self-motivated, capable and willing people must be elected. That is our only chance of survival
As stated above, so far it appears luck has favorably been biased towards us in the past. It can never continue to be so; we must now take our destiny into our HANDS.
We therefore put forward before this meeting a proposal which we have been nursing and which we were plunge headlong into before we learnt of the formation of the Egbe Omo Ilara Mokin. We lack a lot of amenities in Ilara presently, these includes a commercial bank, hospital, post office, an Oba’s palace, and a town hall etc.
As a result, the Ilara Youth Association proposes that a one million naira development fund be launched as early as practicable in all towns and centers where Mokins exist throughout the federation. We suggest that the launching should take place in each important center when convenient for such a town. The grand launching will finally take place at Ilara Mokin to crown it all, since we can now hardly depend much on external donations. The Mokins must be prepared for hard work of paying levies and persuading others to pay whatever is due to them.
We wish to make it clear that it is after collecting enough funds that we can decide on what project to embark upon first. We strongly believe suggest that
- Our methods of canvassing for funds must be uniform throughout all the centers and towns
- We therefore suggest that only the following two projects should be mentioned in posters, radio announcements or any other advertising medium
- The hospital
- The town hall
We believe strongly that because of the neutral and general beneficial nature of the above projects, we are bound to have a very good response from all the Mokins everywhere and from non-Mokins as well.
Members of I.Y.A do not lay any expertise on; neither do they claim any monopoly in deductive reasoning. We therefore put the above proposals forward for consideration and acceptance if thought fit. We pledge our full support to the Egbe Ilara Mokin and to the officers to be elected to run the Egbe effectively.
I.O ADEDIPE (president I.Y.A) on behalf of all members of I.Y,A
As a corollary to the memorandum, Mr Femi Fasalojo , a member of IYA gave a list of proposals for the developments projects and how the Ilara Mokin community can be harnessed to launch a one million naira development fund based on estimated individuals annual income. Collection period should be two years.
Election Officers then took the center stage. The four main committee had suggested
- Elective offices
- Appointive offices
- Standing Ad-hoc Committees
Unknown to all, during recess there emerged some self-appointed screening committee that searched for screened and nominated candidates as would be officers for the new Egbe. So the election was made easy and smooth. The following emerged as the maiden officers to steer the ship of the young Egbe for a two year term in first instance;
- President (elected un-opposed) – MR SAMUEL ADEGBOYE BAKARE
- Vice president- MR JOHN AYANFE AJAYI
- General Secretary- MR OLUYOLE FADOLA
- Assistant General Secretary- MR A. ADEREMI ADEFEHINTI
- Treasurer MR MICHAEL ADE OJO
- Financial secretary MR PHILIP FEMI FASALOJO
- Publicity secretary MR R. OLA FALODUN
- Social Secretary MR ALBERT FOLORUNSO ADELU
- Cultural Secretary/Chairman Cultural Committee MR VICTOR ADEKUNLE FASUNHAN
- Chairman, Representative Council WAS LATER ELECTED
- Unofficial member MR OLOLA ADAMU
- Unofficial member MR S IBITAYO ADEGUNLEHIN
Non- Executive Council Members
- Auditor MRS S OLATOYE JAIYEOBA
- Auditor MRS E OMOTAYO OMOJOKUN
- Legal adviser MR ADENIYI ADEDEJI
- Life grand patron OBA S ADUBI OJOPAGOGO (Alara of Ilara Mokin)
PATRONS/MATRON FOR A FOUR YEAR TERM
- Patron CHIEF OYELEYE FAKAIYEJO
- Patron CHIEF R A FAKUADE
- Patron CHIEF S O ADEGUNLEHIN
- Matron CHIEF MRS A M LAMIKANRA
Thereafter, the president Mr S A Adegboye Bakare thanked the Egbe for willingly calling on him and the others to work for Ilara Mokin he promised that his team would work well but would need the cooperation and support to enable his team to carry out its assignment very well.
It was resolved at the meeting that both English and Yoruba language would be employed for the production of minutes of the meetings as follows; English for the main minutes book and Yoruba for the printed version for circulation.
The sum of three hundred and seventy five N375 was collected at the meeting from 75 members as enrolment fees.
The meeting was adjourned to 16th of June , 1979, ended at 7:05pm with the closing prayers said by Chief Ayo Omole.