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June 11, 2024

Shun unauthorised sales of govt land – Abiodun warns traditional rulers

Shun unauthorised sales of govt land – Abiodun warns traditional rulers

L-R: Akarigbo and Paramount of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr (Mrs) Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Governor Dapo Abiodun; Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide and the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, during the inauguration of Oba Olugbenle as the Chairman of the Ogun State Council of Obas at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Tuesday.

…inaugurates Olu of Ilaro as Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas

By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has warned members of the State Council of Obas to desist from acts of indiscipline, ranging from allocation of land for illegal mining to unauthorized selling of government lands, especially in the plantations.

Governor Abiodun, who said this on Tuesday, at the inauguration of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, as the new Chairman of the Ogun State Council of Obas, expressed disappointment over the activities of some of traditional rulers in the state.

He explained that illegal mining has caused serious environmental impact on some communities and posed serious threats to some critical public infrastructure in the state.

He disclosed that an Executive Order would soon be issued from his office to deal with any Oba or Baale that is found wanting.

The governor also warned the traditional rulers not to involve themselves in partisan politics.

He said the traditional rulers’ role is to support the government in its developmental stride across the state.

Abiodun, therefore, charged the traditional rulers to continue using their revered stools in promoting peace and unity in their various domains.

He described the traditional institution as an important arms of government towards the enthronement of good governance in the state, promising that his government would support and empower the monarchs through the provision of needed resources, infrastructure and platforms for effective delivery of their duties.

Abiodun noted that despite the encroachment of Western civilization, the Yoruba culture has shown remarkable resilience and adaptability, emphasizing that the ongoing interplay between tradition and modernity continues to shape the cultural landscape of Yorubaland, ensuring that its rich heritage endures amidst global changes.

He said: “We value your inputs and recommendations on matters that concerned your welfare and that of the people.

“As an administration, we confidently state that the advisory and supportive role offered by our royal fathers is largely responsible for the rapid development and transformation currently being witnessed in Ogun State. Indeed, your insight, wisdom, and close connection to the grassroots are invaluable assets as we strive to build a prosperous and inclusive society.

“We are blessed with highly resourceful traditional rulers who have been providing purposeful leadership at the grassroots and who are passionate about the general well-being of our people in our communities.

“Therefore, our administration will not deviate from executing our development’s plans, which aims at building on the legacies bequeathed to us by our founding fathers in the old Western Region.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all our royal fathers for the role they have been playing to support our administration’s development agenda.

Without your support and that of the people over whom you reign, we would not have achieved the successes that our people have continued to publicly acknowledge”, Governor Abiodun said.

While congratulating the new Chairman, the governor charged him to use his intellectual prowess to unite and promote the state’s traditional institution.

He lauded the outgone Chairman of the council, the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, for his sterling leadership qualities in the last two years, saying the support being enjoyed by his administration from the monarchs has helped to entrench development in every parts of the State.

The governor urged the monarchs to be partners in progress towards the building of the future of the state for generations yet unborn.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ganiyu Hamzat appreciated the governor for the unwavering commitment to the welfare of the traditional rulers and that of the communities in their respective domains.

He commended Oba Babatunde Ajayi for a meritorious completion of his tenure, saying he has proven himself as an astute administrator with outstanding knack and dexterity in service.

He expressed the hope that the incoming Chairman, Oba Olugbenle, would sustain the tempo, which has established a synergy between the state government and the traditional rulers.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman, Oba Olugbenle, lauded Governor Abiodun for his commitment to the development of the traditional institution, as well as the all-round growth and development of Ogun State.

He assured that the entire members of the Ogun State Council of Obas would continue to cooperate, collaborate, and provide the required support for the present administration in achieving more positive results in the state.

Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, said his tenure fostered unity and harmony, instill discipline, high moral standards and integrity among traditional rulers, just as they collaborated with the government in driving development, peace and prosperity in the state.