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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on monday signed into law a Bill that provide for how traditional rulers and chiefs are to be selected, appointed and buried.
Signing the Bill at the Palace of the Awujale of Ijebuland in Ijebu-Ode in the presence of the speaker of the ogun state House of assembly, right honourable olakunle oluomo, the attorney general and commissioner for justice, mr Oluwasina ogungbade, the Olu of Ilaro, Akarigbo of Remoland and the Awujale, Oba sikiru aderona who was the promoter of the Bill, governor Abiodun said it was imperative to review the existing law as the State traditonal council could not operate on laws that are already antiquated and contravene what the State stand for.
The governor explained that one of the unique thing about the Law beside the fact that it is set out to improve on the method for the selection of Obas and Chiefs in the state,, it also clarified the necessary steps relating to the passage of the monarch
He informed that the Law would improve on the previous existing western Nigeria laws on where there had been ambiguity as it relate to how the kabiyesis will be buried, as it allows the families to determine how they want the royal father to be interred without prejudice to the traditional rites that are meant to be performed by the customary laws.
Governor Abiodun who described traditional institution headed by traditional rulers as the closest and oldest form of administration at the grassroots, noted that they had existed by the coming of the missionaries, assured that government would collaborate with them to deepen development in the grassroots, as they are reliable and dependable.
The number one citizen in the state who appreciated the Awujale for his doggedness and persistent in seeing to the review of the law in line with the provision of the Constitution of Nigeria, explained that members of the state House of Assembly went through rigorous exercise as the bill was subjected to public hearing because of interest people have on how Obas and Chiefs are appointed.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Righrt. Honourable OlaKunle Oluomo in a remark said the bill passed through the toughest proceedings in the history of the House as it generated a lot of issues from members of the public, stressing that the Lawmakers have done their beat to ensure that the Bill is in consonant with the nation’s constitution.
Speaking earlier, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwasina Ogungbade, said the law which is the first in the south west of the country, was put in place to further make the traditional rulers contribute more to the development of the State as he expressed optimism that it would be a template for other states to copy.
The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, who was the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas when the bill was initiated, said it was a great achievements for people as the Bill attracted a lot of attention from both Christians and Muslims.
The monarch who commended the Governor and the Speaker for making it happen, appreciated the God for keeping him alive to witness the development.
Also speaking, the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, said a lot as gone into the bill as things that were wrong also put right, while the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, who is the current Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas, submitted thar the bill goes beyond burial rites of Obas, as it has put many issues bordering on traditional institution in the right perspective, expressing the hope that containing matters would be amicably resolved withe the new law.