By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The newly installed Olowo of Owo in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Adesegun Rufai Alao, has been tasked, to utilize his new position to attract investments to the community, in order to fast tract development in the town and beyond.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who made the call at the official installation and presentation of staff of office and instrument of appointment to the Monarch, at Methodist Primary School, Owo, said the community could experience rapid development when investors are encouraged and given the leverage to operate.
The Governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, congratulated the new Olowo, who is from the Alao Bankole ruling house, for scaling all hurdles, noting that his appointment followed due process as stipulated in the Chiefs Law of Ogun State, while charging him to be an instrument of socio- economic growth to the community.
“Kabiyesi by your appointment, you have become a member of Yewa Traditional Council, you are therefore expected to perform the role of a father, not just to the people of Owo town, but by extension, the entire Yewaland and indeed the entire Ogun State, in order to justify the mandate and trust reposed in you by the people”, Amosun charged.
Senator Amosun also advised members of the community to give the Monarch all the respect, support and cooperation required to launch Owo to an enviable height among its equals, adding that, as a peaceful and noble town, all hands must be on deck to pave way for speedy development in all sectors.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Ifekowajo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Adejumo Adelani, who spoke on behalf of his LCDA and Yewa South Local Government gave kudos to the State government for creating additional 37 LCDAs, noted that the creation had brought government closer to the grassroots, advising the people to join hands with the Oba to engendered development in the area.
Appreciating the State government and all sons and daughters of the community for the opportunity given him to serve, Oba Alao, said his appointment was a call to duty, pledging to dedicate the rest of his life to serve the community.
He implored the indigenes home and abroad, to be prepared for the task ahead, stating that, with their collective efforts, the town would witness rapid development.