…as new Olupo gets staff of office
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday presented first-class staff of office to the new Olupo of Ajase-Ipo. Oba Ismail Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu three days after appointment.
AbdulRazaq, who spoke at Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area, during the presentation of the staff of office called on traditional rulers to counsel and educate their subjects to be good citizens and continue to work for communal and national peace, harmony and tranquility.
The governor specifically commended the people of Ajase-Ipo for the peace that heralded the nomination of the new monarch.
“Traditional institution remains a veritable tool for grassroots mobilisation, cohesion, socio-economic and political development.
“As the custodians of tradition and culture of the people, the Royal Fathers are required to assist government to counsel and educate their subjects to be good citizens, so that peace, harmony, and tranquility can be maintained,” he said.
He reiterated the administration’s support and respect for the traditional institutions.
“As an administration, we will always respect the culture, custom and tradition of our communities.
“This is exactly what played out throughout the selection process. We simply stuck with the choice of the people.
“We believe that is the path of honour, peace, and sustainable development,” he said.
Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Mr. Aliyu Saifuddeen, on his part, urged the new monarch to use his position to promote peace, tranquility and progress among his subjects.
Chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee for Irepodun Local Government, Comrade Jide Oyinloye said the timely appointment and presentation of staff of office to the new Olupo showed the high premium the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq placed on the traditional institution.
In his acceptance speech, the new Olupo promised to promote peaceful co-existence within his domain and beyond as well as work hard to turn Ajase-Ipo into a model town with rapid development.
“I shall remain supportive and committed to promoting government programmes and policies at all times within my immediate domain, Irepodun Local Government Area, Igbomina/Ekiti land, Kwara State and Nigeria at large. I shall work very hard to turn Ajase-Ipo into a model town with rapid development,” Oba Alebiosu said.