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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has presented the staff of office to the new Oluloro of Iloro Ekiti, Oba James Oluwafemi Olugbesoye, with a pledge to always accord respect to the traditional institution.
Fayemi said the traditional institution remains a major mechanism for good governance through the reconciliatory and advisory roles it plays in the society.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the governor urged the new monarch to mobilise his subjects for the growth and development of Iloro Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, Oba Olugbesoye succeeded the last occupant of the Oluloro throne, the late Oba Michael Ayoola Arowolo, who joined his ancestors in September 2015.
There was excitement in the community as many eminent personalities, including political office holders, monarchs, senior civil servants and indigenes, graced the coronation of Oba Olugbesoye.
Fayemi urged the monarch to accommodate, endure, persevere, tolerate and dutifully lead his subject in a way that would facilitate and sustain the peace and progress of his community.
He explained that the selection of Olugbesoye was adjudged smooth, hitch-free and devoid of political influence and manipulation in line with the provisions of Ekiti State Chiefs Law, 2012 and the tradition and custom of Iloro people.
Fayemi stressed the commitment of his administration to always accord respect to the traditional institution and carry it along in ensuring peace, progress and development of the state.
The governor said traditional institution remains a major mechanism for good governance through the reconciliatory and advisory roles they play in the society.
Fayemi explained that his administration was not unmindful of the significant roles of royal fathers play in fostering and sustaining peaceful coexistence of the people.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Olugbesoye commended the selection process that led to his appointment with an assurance that he would not take the security and welfare of his people for granted.
The new monarch, who promised that he would faithfully discharge his sacred responsibility of preserving the custom and tradition of his community, also vowed to carry out reform in palace administration to adequately respond to the needs of his people and foster harmonious relationship among them.
Oba Olugbesoye appealed to the governor to make use of the vast expanse of land in the town to turn the fortune of the community around.
The Chairman of the committee for the event and Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, said the installation of the new monarch would bring about the needed unity, peace and progress of Iloro Ekiti.