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Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has inaugurated the State Council of Obas led by the Chairman and Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.

The Council was inaugurated on Tuesday at a well-attended event held at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, the state capital.

Governor Akeredolu who congratulated Oba Aladelusi on his appointment as the chairman of the Council for a tenure of two years, applauded traditional rulers in the state for joining hands with his administration in addressing the challenges of insecurity.

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He charged them to do more to secure their respective domains against criminals.

According to him, the State Council of Obas has, in recent years, built for itself a robust relationship with the government through its steadfastness, loyalty, sacrifice and commitment to its statutory roles.

Governor Akeredolu further expressed confidence that the new council would not deviate from the noble role but shall build on the foundation already laid down and the achievements made by the past councils.

The Governor said his administration, since inception, has been according the Kabiyesis their pride of place in the scheme of things and will not, in anyway, take them for granted.

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Arakunrin Akeredolu assured the Monarchs of his administration resolve not to play down on the roles of traditional rulers and their immense contributions to governance.

“No doubt, the Council of Obas in Ondo State has come of age. The Council, otherwise known as the Council of Chiefs in the Chiefs’ Law, is established by the provisions of the Chiefs Law 1984 (as amended by Edict No. 4 of 1991) under Part V, Section 33.

“It is clear from the provisions of the law that the functions and roles of the State Council of Obas are purely advisory. I am pleased to state that the State Council of Obas has performed creditably in all the areas mentioned above.

“It is worth mentioning that the Council has, no doubt, offered invaluable advice to our administration which had helped tremendously in giving policy direction,” the Governor added.

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He noted that in spite of all odds, his administration will ensure that all State resources are pooled for maximum utilisation for the growth and development of the dear State.

Speaking after his inauguration, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, appreciated Governor Akeredolu for approving his appointment as the Chairman of the Council.

He promised to join hands with the Governor in the fight against the common enemies of the state and the people.

“Today, the roles of the traditional institutions in fighting crime, maintenance of peace, mediation between the government and her employees, mediation through alternative dispute resolution among others have continued to become more prominent and increasing in recent times.

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“It is obvious that the Royal Fathers play a crucial role in curbing crimes and other social vices occasioned by the rising insecurity and its attendant effects in our country,” he added.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Akinwumi Sowore, who lauded the Governor for his respect for traditional rulers across the state, also commended him for his neutrality in the selection and appointment of Obas in any part of the state.

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