The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Olajide Ojuko has said that traditional rulers in the State are partner in progress in the “Mission to Rebuild” the State.
Chief Ojuko made this assertion during a courtesy visit to the Egba Traditional Council Meeting, held at Ake Palace, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, the Commissioner said the purpose of the visit was to identify with traditional rulers, strengthen relationship between them and government as well as to know challenges they are facing in their respective domains.
He said the success and achievements of Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration was as a result of the cooperation of the traditional rulers, noting that the government would not relent in improving their welfare so that the peace been enjoying in Ogun State would continue.
He appreciated the concerns of the Egba Traditional Council which according to him has supported the hard work and effort of this Government, he promised that the request, observations and challenges which the traditional rulers had communicated to him would be passed to the Governor for consideration and necessary action.
Chief Ojuko reaffirmed the present administration’s zeal and determination to improve on their welfare, adding that in due course those promises would be considered.
He however lamented on dwindling economy and financial challenges confronting the Country which he said that it has slowed down activities in fulfillment of those promises earlier made to the traditional rulers in the State.
He then urged them to address the issues relating to multiplicity of Baales in some communities within the traditional council areas, which may turn to fracas and lawlessness if not timely and appropriately addressed.
Responding, Chairman of the Egba Traditional Council and also the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo (CFR) appreciated the Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s infrastructural development and also commended the visit of the Commissioner which he described as the first of its kind.
He further stated that they were aware of the present predicament facing the Country, but appealed to the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun to augment their monthly salaries in order to meet up with the present economic situation of the Country.