Kwara State Government has presented letters of appointment to four newly appointed third and fourth class traditional rulers.
The official presentation followed the approval by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq after the ratification of same by the Kwara State Council of Chiefs.
The new monarchs are Aala of Ilala, HRH Oba Fatai Oladega Talabi as 3rd Class Chief (Irepodun); Alara of Isere-Opin, HRH Oba Owolabi Kayode Micheal as 3rd Class Chief (Ekiti); Onisapa of Isapa, HRH Oba Oluwagbenga Adefioye Adeyeye as 4th Class (Ekiti); and Olu of Apakere, HRH Oba Isiaka Ismail Oderinde as 4th Class Chief from Ifelodun local government area of the State.
In a statement by the Press Secretary to the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Oba Azeez, said the appointment had followed the death of the previous occupiers of the royal offices.
Performing the presentation, State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon Lafia Kora Aliyu Sabi, said they were appointed based on the respect Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq accords to the traditional institution in the State, describing the fathers as custodians of people’s culture and important stakeholders in the affairs of security and peacekeeping.
“Let me state here categorically that His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has always accorded due recognition, respect and support to the traditional rulers since the inception of his administration. Today’s event is typical of such and worth commending,” he said.
“We have a Governor that ensures the welfare of our royal fathers is attended to for their maximum comfort, and this I believe has greatly assisted them in the discharge of their traditional responsibilities.”
The Commissioner enjoined the traditional rulers to close rank with all and sundry in order to ensure peace and tranquility in their domains, adding that their peaceful co-existence is critical to engendering a sustainable growth and progress in their various communities and the State at large.
Mr Sabi congratulated the Chiefs on their appointments and prayed to God to make their reign peaceful and impactful.
The brief ceremony was well attended by some government officials, APC party stalwarts and leaders, and some family members, including the State APC Chairman, Prince Sunday Fagbemi; members representing Ekiti and Irepodun Local Government Areas at the Kwara State House of Assembly Hon. Abolarin Ganiyu Gabriel and Hon. Felix Tayo Awodiji; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Alabere.