Ikosi, the administrative headquarters of the seven villages that make up Kosofe, was founded 515 years ago by Aina Ejo,the seventh son of Akanbiogun, an Ile-Ife prince and warrior who previously domiciled in Iwaye Quarters in Ota (Ogun State). Indigenes of Ikosi are of the Awori stock of the Yoruba race and are remarkably hospitable and peaceful people.Traditional folklore has it that the name 'Ikosi' is a short form of the saying 'Kosi Kosi' which refers to the saying of the early settlers to visitors that they never hoard their things from visitors. Aina Ejo founder of Ikosi kingdom begat Taiwo and Kehinde in 1795, Kehinde begat Bakare Onikosi, Rufai Oloyede and others Taiwo-Olowo begat Yesufu Oke Taiwo, Joseph Ogunlana Taiwo, Funmilayo Taiwo and the last born who became the first statutory King of modern Ikosi - Oba Adegboyega Taiwo (Akeja Oniyanru I) who was born in 1901 and ruled between 1996 to 2006.Ikosi a major town in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.The residents of the area remitted their taxes to the colonial Assistant District Officer to Ikeja, Mr E. Gibbond through Chief Yesufu Taiwo, the then Onikosi in 1939. Obas of Ikosi kingdom are the paramount rulers of Kosofe land.
Records show that the young Ikosi prince bluntly refused to compromise the development of Ikosi/Isheri for personal material gain while in office thus making him the most popular council leader and one of the most vibrant and upright councilors in Lagos.
The briefing is part of activities marking the two years of Gov. Akinsanya gave the locations as Ilase in Ojo, Ito-Omu waterfront in Epe, Ilado in Amuwo-Odofin, Ofin waterfront in Igbogbo, Baiyeku waterfront in Igbogbo, VIP Chalet, Apa waterfront and Isalu-Iya Afin in Badagry.
The commissioner said the ministry had also started reclaiming of about 29.8 hectares at Oworonshoki foreshore where infrastructure would be provided that would serve as a major transportation hub for water and bus services.
The Lagos State Government is to construct eight new concrete ferry jetties in coastal areas of the state, according to an official.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Development, Adebowale Akinsanya, said at a media briefing on Monday at Alausa, Ikeja, that the new jetties would boost water transportation in the state.