Any Reform In Ibadan Traditional Institution Must Emanate From Olubadan,  Not Govt – Gov Makinde

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde at the weekend, disclosed that he is ready to support reforms in Ibadan traditional institution that will emanate from the Olubadan-in-Council and the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The governor who said this while speaking at an event hosted by Ibadan Social-Cultural Clubs held at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan,  pointed out that such reforms should not emanate from the government

According to Gov Makinde, his position even before becoming a governor,  has always been that “when something is not broken, you don’t have to fix it.

” When we got into government, we met the issue of Ibadan Traditional  Institution, which was knotty and a campaign issue, and my position then was that when something is not broken, you don’t have to fix it”, he said

Gov Makinde added, ” The traditional system of Ibadan, which we met on ground, as of that time, was not broken, and even up till now. But to the glory of God, we resolved the issue and the system is back firmly on track.”

Speaking further, the governor maintained that his administration has improved Ibadan and Oyo State in general, adding, “in terms of governance, there are many significant initiatives that this administration has undertaken to improve Oyo State and Ibadan in particular, and the successes in those projects are already recorded in the book that has been made available to everyone here.”

The governor who was conferred with the title of Aare Jagunmolu of Ibadanland at the event noted that he always take the interests and peace of Ibadanland into consideration before taking decisions in government, saying he has contributed immensely to the growth of Ibadanland and the apex socio-cultural group, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII).

He stressed that his administration has, in the last three and a half years, delivered projects that have helped reposition the city of Ibadan and the entire state, explained the vision for his second term campaign slogan, Omituntun 2.0, declaring that if re-elected, he would concentrate on efforts to make the developments already recorded sustainable.

The President-General of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Yemisi Adeaga, while speaking commended Gov Makinde for contributing a lot to the growth and development of CCII even before he assumed office as governor .

“First, I want to remind everyone here today that the governor loves the CCII. As a matter of necessity, once he calls on us, we need to respond positively. Second, when you talk about those who hail from Ibadan, who are in positions of authority and are doing well for CCII, our governor is one of them”, he said. 

Chief Adeaga added, ” I have said this because, so far, he has contributed a lot to the growth and development of CCII, being the major sponsor of the activities of CCII.”

The event was attended by the Olubadan of Ibadanland,Oba Mohood Lekan Balogun , Chief Bode Amoo; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Daud Akinola and Ambassador Ibironke Adefope, among other eminent Ibadan sons and daughters.

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