The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to look into cases of adjustment, upgrading and elevation of Chieftancy stools had so far received about 420 memoranda for deserving cases of such recognition.
Chairman of the Commission, Justice Chris Ajama revealed this to journalists recently at the Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, in Akure, venue of the sitting of the inquiry.
Justice Ajama said the essence of the briefing was to enable the public know the status of the work done by the commission and to create awareness on the schedule of the public hearing.
He disclosed that a public hearing where everyone including communities, groups, ruling houses and individuals would make inputs on the memoranda received have been slated for Monday.
“The first part of the public hearing that will last 2 weeks is strictly for those seeking recognition.
“Others will follow later as we also roll out their schedule of appearance for public hearing which will also be published”, he said.
He disclosed that the Commission, which has six weeks to submit its recommendation to the government had so far been free and fair in its responsibility.
Justice Ajama also maintained that the commission broke its work into four components to achieved the best result namely “Recognition and upgrading of deserving minor chieftaincies referred to the commission; elevation of existing (recognised) chieftaincies referred to it; review of the structure and composition of the Ondo State Council of Obas and the issue of paramountcy; and investigation into disputed chieftaincy declarations”, he said.
According to him the mandate of the commission include, “the reviews of the present grades and status of recognised chiefs and obas in the state, the status of ungraded and unrecognised chiefs of various towns and communities referred to it, the status of minor chiefs associated with local communities referred to it, the membership, grade or class and structure of the state council of chiefs and make appropriate recommendations and also take evidence on the customs, tradition, influence and authority of prescribed authorities under the chiefs law and make recommendations on areas of jurisdiction or power of such prescribed authorities in the state”, he said.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko had on 30th of January inaugurated the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into the deserving ones amongst the cases and make appropriate recommendations.