By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Prominent Ibadan High Chiefs jostling to occupy the vacant stools of Balogun and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and seven others have been ordered by the Oyo State Government to comply with the process of appointment by submitting their medical reports, certifying them fit for the positions in line with extant chieftaincy laws.
The stools of Balogun and Otun Olubadan became vacant following the recent demise of the occupiers, High Chiefs Sulaiman Adegboyega Alao Omiyale and Omowale Kuye respectively.
The state government’s position was conveyed in a letter by the Director of Chieftaincy Matters in the state’s Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Z. O Jayeola, addressed to the Head of the Ibadan South East Local Government Administration on Thursday.
In strict compliance with the chief law of the state, the ministry said it had set machinery in motion to obtain the approval of the governor for the filling of the vacant stools following a November 30 letter by the Ibadan South East LG on the subject matter.
The statement read: “In line with Section 14 (2) Cap 28 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000, our ministry has commenced necessary steps towards the executive governor’s approval of the filling of the vacant stools of Balogun and Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land and seven others.
“In compliance with the dictates of the aforementioned law, the office of the Department of State Services had been requested to carry out security checks on the prospective occupants of the stools.
“In the same vein, you are requested to advise the affected chiefs to submit their medical reports issued by a state-owned secondary health institution to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters as part of requirements for being considered for the vacant stools,” the statement added.