By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has elevated 26 Coronet Obas to part II status and 14 Part II Obas to first class monarchs as the result of the vast development of various towns, in terms of population, infrastructural and economic viability.
Presenting promotion letters to the newly elevated monarchs, on behalf of the State Government, at the Obas’ Conference Room, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko pointed out that the elevation was part of government commitments to the welfare of traditional institutions in the State.
He noted that selection, appointment and elevation of Obas were guided by the chief’s laws of Ogun State and an indication that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government was responsive and takes the welfare of the monarchs seriously.
Ojuko advised them not to encroach on each other’s domain, but continue to consult with their respective traditional councils, co-operate and encourage their subjects, so as to foster peace and unity in their communities and the State at large.
“I wish to use this opportunity to inform you, particularly, those in the first class category, that your upgrading has not in any way enlarged your domain beyond the present scope” he remarked.
Responding on behalf of the first class monarchs, Oba Olatunji Hamzat, the Olu of Afowowa Sogade, appreciated the State Governor for his love and respect for the traditional institutions, noting that his achievements in the past six years have surpassed his predecessors .
A representative of the newly elevated part II monarchs, Olu of Wasinmi, Oba Babatunde Osuntokun, assured the State Government that their new status would be used to bring about meaningful development in their various communities.
In his remarks, the Olu of Owode Egba, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo appreciated the Government for the upgrade of the traditional rulers, adding that the development would promote peaceful co-existence and development in their various domains.