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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ogun Community Gets First Oba, Calls For Unity

       •Oloja-Odan, Oba Oyebanji Adetunji 
          and his Olori Grace Adetunji



The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday, December 8, 2021


By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The agrarian community of Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State has joined the comity of communities and towns in yorubaland  having traditional rulers as its first Oloja of Oja - Odan, Oba Oyebanji Olowobeshe, was formally installed by the State Government to lead his people.

Governor Dapo Abiodun while presenting the certificate and staff of office to the new Monarch, said the installation, which was crucial in the annals of Oja-Odan land, was also a practical demonstration of his administration’s commitment to upholding the honour of the revered chieftaincy institution in Yewaland and Ogun State in general.

"Kabiyesi, by your appointment and installation, you have become a member of Yewa Traditional Council. As entrenched in the ‘Building our Future Together’ agenda, we remain sternly committed to our diverse laudable and people-oriented programmes which are geared towards ensuring equitable development to every part of the State, to continually improve the standard of living of the people", he stated.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, urged Oba Olowobeshe to be accessible, receptive and responsive to his people’s yearnings.

He reminded him that his appointment was a call to duty, and as such, urging the Oloja Oja - Odan  to champion efforts that would enhance peaceful co-existence with neighbouring towns.

 He also charged him to be democratic in his dealings and utilise his position as the first King in Oja-Odan and one of the few ancient stools in Yewaland to ensure a conducive environment for credible investors to do business in the area.

“Your reign as an Oba in Yewaland should create and sustain a conducive environment for credible investors to do business in Oja-Odan, in order to justify the mandate and trust reposed in you by the good people of the town,” the Governor said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the Local Government, Hon. Gabriel Ogunyomi, urged the new monarch to see his position as that of a father to his people by encouraging unity of his people.

Ogunyomi charged the Kabiyesi  to preserve the custom and tradition of the land as well as enhance socio-cultural development of the community.

He lauded Oba Olowobeshe for the  endurance and perseverance displayed during the events leading to the selection and appointment process.

In his remarks, the Olu and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle congratulated the people of Oja-Odan for the great feat, saying there was the need to first have a king, before they could have a Gazette, which would specify the ruling houses in the community.

Oba Olugbenle enjoined the people to cooperate with the Kabiyesi, in order to bring development which has been delayed in the last twenty years due to chieftaincy tussles.

 In his acceptance speech, Oba Olowobeshe commrnded governor Abiodun and the entire people of Oja-Odan for the confidence reposed on him, calling on all sons and daughters of the area to unite as one indivisible family and join hands in developing the land.

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