Ogun traditional council gets new chairman

Ibikunle Amosun

The outgoing chairman asked the state governor to review the salaries and allowances of traditional rulers.

The Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers on Tuesday inaugurated Michael Sonariwo, as its new chairma.

Mr. Sonariwo, who is the Akarigbo of Remoland, was inaugurated to oversee the council affairs for the next one year as prescribed by the ubsisting law of the state.

He took over from his predecessor, the Awujale of Ijebu, Sikiru Adetona, at a ceremony held at the Obas
complex,Oke-Mosan,Abeokuta,which was presided over by Ogun State Governor,Ibikunle Amosun.

The ceremony was witnessed by a number of traditional rulers and diginitaries across the state including the Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, Head of Service, Modupe Akindele and Chief of Staff, Ganiyu Olatunde.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Sonariwo promised that his tenure as chairman will be a memorable one. He also solicited for the support and cooperation of his colleagues towards taking the council to a greater height.

He added that the council shall continue to discharge its duties in local governance and advisory capacities to the state through the instrumentality of the state council of traditional rulers. He also assured the governor of the council unalloyed support in implementing the five cardinal programmes of the administration.

“Your Excellency should note that all the traditional rulers in Ogun State are solidly behind you because your determination to make Ogun State a force to be reckoned with in terms of infrastructural development, improved qualitative educational system, good and affordable healthcare services and a host of others,” Mr. Sonarinwo
said.

“We shall continue to discharge our duties in local governance and advisory capacities to the state through the instrumentality of the state council of Obas and the four traditional councils of Egba,Ijebu,Remo and Yewa,” the chairman said.

“I promised that my tenure as the chairman of the council will be a memorable one as the council proceeds to commence its inaugural sitting shortly after this inauguration ceremony,” he stated.

Earlier in his own valedictory speech, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, noted that the change in leadership marks the sixth ceremonial inauguration of the chairmanship of the council which started in 2009.

The immediate past chairman said the state council of traditional rulers under his leadership has performed beyond imagination in promoting peace in the state as a whole especially in all four traditional council areas

Mr. Adetona expressed optimism that his successor’s tenure will witness a laudable record of achievements that will translate into good governance for prosperity, peace and security of lives and properties.

Mr. Adetona asked the government to support the council through exposure of royal fathers to National summits on good governance as well as review of salaries and allowances in view of the ever increasing cost of living in the nation.


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