Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has inaugurated Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olu of Ilaro and head of traditional rulers in Yewaland, as the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state. The ceremony took place on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

During the event, Governor Abiodun emphasized the importance of traditional rulers in promoting peace and unity within their domains. He acknowledged the traditional institution as a crucial component of governance and promised to support and empower traditional rulers with necessary resources, infrastructure, and platforms to effectively perform their duties.

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The governor urged the State Traditional Rulers Council to discourage members from engaging in indiscipline, such as unauthorized land allocation for illegal mining and the sale of government land. He particularly warned against selling land in plantations, highlighting the environmental damage caused by illegal mining in some communities. Abiodun announced that an Executive Order would soon be issued to address any violations.

Governor Abiodun also cautioned traditional rulers to refrain from partisan politics, emphasizing their role in supporting the government’s development efforts across the state. He praised the outgoing Chairman of the council, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, the Akarigbo and head of traditional rulers in Remoland, for his exemplary leadership over the past two years.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Olugbenle thanked Governor Abiodun for his dedication to the traditional institution and the overall development of the state. He assured that the Council of Traditional Rulers would continue to cooperate and support the current administration in achieving positive results for the state.