The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde says his government would rely heavily on the traditional rulers to improve the security of lives and property of the people.
Governor Makinde stated this at an event to mark the 56th birthday of the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba (Monarch) Francis Alao, which held in Ibadan.
Governor Makinde said that he would constantly knock on the doors of the monarchs for consultations and support in taming insecurity and assured the people that, because security was one of the four cardinal objectives of his government, he would leave no stone unturned in tackling it.
He said that the traditional rulers would be assigned huge roles in his government even though the constitution does not assign specific roles to the traditional institution.
“Though royal fathers have not been accorded their rightful recognition, as they have been excluded by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, from having specific roles and functions, I want to make it abundantly clear that our royal fathers will have a place and a huge responsibility in this government,” he stated.
The Governor revealed that four key areas of education, economic expansion, health care and security have been identified as the pillars of his government and traditional rulers would therefore have major roles to play in the success of the programmes, especially in the area of security.
Governor Makinde stated that; “Our traditional rulers, like no other persons, are great custodians of values, ethos, and culture that can be explored to re-orientate the society and keep it secured. Therefore, I will be looking forward to consulting with all royal fathers on how best to achieve the objective of making Oyo State one of the safest in the country.”
He also promised to give a facelift to the road leading to the Ilaji Hotels and Resort, stressing that his government would give priority to roads with economic importance.
“If any investor has brought business into this state, the least we can do is to add value by creating good roads to such companies,” the Governor added.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba ( Monarch), Saliu Adetunji congratulated the Olugbon who is also the Vice Chairman, Oyo State Traditional Council.
Oba Adetunji said that being alive was not a right but a privilege, adding that it was an opportunity for any human being to be alive.
Some of the dignitaries that graced the occasion were; the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, the Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiyu Adekunle and the Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mohammed Fadeyi.