Ogun upgrades, installs four monarchs in Ota



By Olu AJAYI (Abeokuta)

NIGERIA: THE government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun has made history by installing four traditional rulers in a day in Ota, the headquarters of Ado Odo Ota Local Government.

The government, according to a news release signed by the Press Officer to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Oluwaseun Boye, upgraded the four quarters chiefs in the area to coronet monarchs at the event held at the Okede Square.

*Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

While presenting the staffs of office and instruments of appointments to the four monarchs – Oba Clement Akinyemi, the Ajana of Ijana Ota, Oba Sikiru Anibire, the Onikosi of Osi Ota, Oba Wadudu Deinde, the Akogun of Oruba and Oba Akeem Kolawole, the Onikotun of Otun Ota – the Governor pointed out that for a fast developing metropolis that had emerged as the commercial nerve centre and industrial hub of the state, it was the desire of his government to ensure it grows in leaps and bounds for socio-economic development.

Amosun, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, an Otta indigene, said that the decision behind the elevation of the chiefs was due to his determination to ensure Ota metropolis was well administered for continued peace and progress in line with the mission to rebuild the state.

“I congratulate our new monarchs, the entire sons and daughters of Ota, and all who have contributed to making this coronation a reality,” he said.

Amosun stressed: “Government is aware of the need to enhance dispensation of justice and providing leadership to the teeming population of our people at grassroots.

“Ota with its proximity to Lagos requires a unique socio-administrative architecture to best cater for its unique status.  It is, therefore, not out of place that government had deemed it fit and necessary to upgrade the four quarter chiefs to the status of coronet.”

The Governor, therefore, urged the monarchs to reciprocate the good gesture by being true ambassadors of the state in their respective domains and be more accessible and accountable to their people.

*Chief Jide Ojuko.

The Chairman of Ado Odo Ota Local Government, Hon. Dele Adeniji, had earlier, stated that the upliftment of traditional institutions in the local government was uniquely conducted to produce four calibre of candidates to fill the vacant stools without rancour and acrimony.

Adeniji praised the late Olota of Ota, Oba Moshood Alani Oyede, who during his reign, facilitated the consent of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, for the appointment.

Similarly, in his goodwill message, the Olota of Ota-elect, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, commended Amosun government for the upgrade, while stating that the step would contribute positively to the development of Ota and its environs.

In an acceptance speech delivered on behalf of the new monarchs, Oba Clement Akinyemi, expressed delight on their new status.

Oba Akinyemi stated that the upgrade had engendered unity of the four quarters and that would further strengthen the community for meaningful development in Ota in particularly and the state at large.

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