By Kolawole Olayinka in Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has installed a retired Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of Local Government Pensions, Oba Hezekiah Rasidi Tayo, as the new Eselu of Okeselu in the Sagamu Local Government area of the State.
Governor Amosun, while presenting staff of office and instrument of appointment to Oba Tayo at the St. Paul’s Anglican School playing ground, commended the people of Okeselu Community for their maturity and maintaining peace during the four years the throne was vacant.
The Governor was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Abayomi Sobande. He enjoined the people to cooperate and support the new monarch in moving the community to higher level, saying they were privileged to have a retired Permanent Secretary as an Oba who would use his wealth of experience in the public service to attract more socio-economic development to area.
‘’Let me commend Okeselu council of Obas for steering the ship of Okeselu during the interregnum, the maturity, neutrality and impartiality displayed by the king markers have contributed in no small measures to the successful selection process. This also shows that our people are peace loving and they put the community above their personal interest,’’ Amosun remarked.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Sagamu Local Government, Hon. Femi Kafaru, said the turnout of the residents at the gathering was an indication that the choice of the Oba was the wish of the people, noting that the community was blessed with notable sons and daughters who had contributed immensely to the development of the State and the country at large.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Hezekiah Tayo assured the people that with their cooperation, his reign would herald an era of unprecedented development in Okeselu Land.
Oba Tayo, a retired Permanent Secretary in the State Civil Service, began his career in 1981 and voluntarily retired in December, 2009.