The Lagos State Government has presented the Staff of Office to three Obas and called on them to be custodians of their cultural heritage and role models in their various communities.
Speaking at the installation and presentation of Staff of Office and Instrument of Appointment to the three traditional rulers who were elevated from Baale to Obaship status by the State Government, the Commissioner for Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Olohuntele Folami said the event was in response to the request and yearning of the people of the Ajara Communities in Badagry Local Government Area.
He informed that with the installation of the Aholu Agano Toniyon 1, as the Aholu of Ajara Agamathen; Aholu Samuel Amosu Owolabani as Aholu of Ajara Topa and Aholu Koshoedo Ebenezer Ahisu as Aholu of Ajara Vetho the number of new Obas has increased to 21and Baales to128 under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
The Commissioner, therefore, urged the newly crowned Obas to use their status to improve the condition and wellbeing of their subjects and residents in their respective domain by ensuring government policies and programmes impacted positively on their communities.
Folami also enjoined residents to embrace and own all the government projects and the tourists’ centres rehabilitated for the benefit of local and foreign tourists, saying that the present administration had promised to make Badagry a tourist haven because of its historical monuments and its proximity to other ECOWAS countries.
Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Fola Padonu noted that the Installation was in line with the registered declaration regulating the selection of the stool and the upgrading.
He added that before the elevation of the Three Baales to Obaship stool, the State Government received the report of the Chieftaincy Tribunal, after which due process and approval was given for the Installation and presentation of Staff of Office.
In his goodwill message, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Akeem Sulaimon noted that Ajara Community had made history with the installation of the Three Kings on the same day, adding that the crowning ceremony would usher in a rapid development to the kingdom.
Responding, the Royal Fathers expressed their profound gratitude to the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the honour bestowed on them just as they pledged to support the State Government policies and programmes for the improvement of their communities.
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