Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday presented symbols of authority to two new traditional rulers with a charge to them to rally their subjects for the development of their communities.
The two new monarchs who received their staff of office from Governor Fayemi who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, are the Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Michael Adesanmi and the Alaaye of Aaye Ekiti, Oba Ojo Amos Idowu.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said the throne of the Ologotun became vacant on 29th January 2022 following the demise of the late Oba Samuel Oladapo Oyebade while that of the Alaaye became vacant on 30th August 2021 following the transition of the late Oba Theophilus Adegoke Ogunbiyi.
Speaking at separate ceremonies held to give the two new royal fathers official recognition as Obas, the Governor expressed satisfaction that the processes which produced them as monarchs were devoid of manipulation and unethical practices.
At the ceremonies which were attended by the Chairman of the State Council of Obas and Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon and the Olojudo of Ido Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori Faboro, the Governor congratulated the new monarchs on their emergence from the selection processes of their towns.
The Governor paid glowing tributes to the immediate past Ologotun, the late Oba Oyebade and the departed Alaaye, the late Oba Ogunbiyi for their contributions and impact on their kingdoms and on the development of the state.
Reminding the new Ologotun of the task ahead of him, Dr. Fayemi urged him to always remember that his achievements on the throne will depend largely on the quality of cooperation and goodwill from the people of his kingdom.
The Governor said Oba Adesanmi is equal to the task of leading his community to greater heights noting that he has the pedigree and the experience to move Ogotun forward urging him to justify the confidence reposed in him.
Dr. Fayemi used the occasions to reiterate his administration’s respect for the traditional institution, noting that government is aware of the vital roles royal fathers play as agents of grassroots development in their different domains.
He said: “The traditional institution had been identified as a veritable agent of governance. Their reconciliatory and advisory roles have fostered peaceful coexistence in the state, making our programmes for development achievable in a peaceful atmosphere.
“It is on the realization of this that our Administration has been ensuring the prompt filling of vacant stools in accordance with the extant rules and regulations of appointment so that our royal fathers can continue to play the advisory and reconciliatory roles in their domains.
“Our various developmental programmes have tremendously and positively impacted our dear state for almost four years of this administration. All the achievements are with the support of all sons and daughters as well as residents of the State.”
In his acceptance speech, the new Ologotun, Oba Adesanmi, said he accepted the staff of office with exceeding joy and gratefulness of heart describing his ascension as a new dawn in Ogotun Ekiti.
Oba Adesanmi pledged to always work in synergy with relevant stakeholders in ensuring the peace, stability, growth and development of Ogotun Ekiti in particular and Ekiti State in general.
“I am particularly determined to reach up on the scale, continually, as an example of contemporary and future-bound leadership, yet with a consciousness of history, tradition and the custom of our most natural humanity. The people are ready to take Ogotun to an enviable height.”
The new Alaaye, Oba Idowu, hailed Governor Fayemi for allowing a transparent selection process describing him as a man of integrity who has made a great impact on the lives of the people of Ekiti State.
Describing Aaye Ekiti ad “one of the most peaceful communities in Ekiti State,” Oba Idowu pledged the loyalty and support of his subjects to the Fayemi government.
Oba Idowu said, “We pray that our amiable Governor and his Deputy will see Aaye Ekiti as their home that needs support to move forward by providing the town with dependable infrastructures and social amenities.”
The Executive Secretary of the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adegboyega Morakinyo, admonished the new monarchs to embrace tolerance, humility and sincerity of purpose depicting royalty in discharging their duties.
He commended Governor Fayemi for his keen interest in ensuring that all vacant chieftaincy tools are filled promptly and in strict compliance with extant law to ensure peace and harmony throughout the length and breadth of the state.