The new Oba of Ajasse-Ipo in Irepodun local government area of Kwara, Oba Ismail Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu has been officially presented with first class staff of office in Ajasse-Ipo by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday.
In his speech at the ceremony, the Governor specifically praised the people of Ajase-Ipo for the peace that heralded the nomination of the new monarch, explaining that traditional institution remains a veritable tool for grassroots mobilisation, cohesion, socio-economic and political development.
“As the custodians of tradition and culture of the people, the Royal Fathers are required to assist government to counsel and educate their subjects to be good citizens, so that peace, harmony and tranquility can be maintained,” AbdulRazaq said.
“As an administration, we will always respect the culture, custom and tradition of our communities. This is exactly what played out throughout the selection process. We simply stuck with the choice of the people. We believe that is the path of honour, peace, and sustainable development,” he further said.
AbdulRazaq congratulated the new Olupo of Ajase-Ipo on his popular choice by the people and urged him to ride on his goodwill to rally the people for unity and peace for the development of Ajase-Ipo.
He commended the traditional institution for the good roles they have played so far in ensuring peace in the state and encouraged them to do more.
“I join other compatriots to sue for increased understanding and accommodation amongst ourselves. Peace, security and development of Nigeria is the hands of everyone, urging the to play their role as patriotic citizens.” he added.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Architect Aliyu Saifuddeen, urged the new monarch to use his position to promote peace, tranquility and progress among his subjects.
“There is no doubt that royal fathers are well respected and highly revered as custodians of tradition and culture for the people and be readily available to assist their subjects in the resolution of conflicts,” Saifuddeen said.
Chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee for Irepodun local government area Comrade Jide Oyinloye elougized the timely appointment and presentation of staff of office to the new Olupo, commended the highly placed premium by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the traditional institution.
“It will remain on record that this God-sent administration of yours was able to produce a successor to the throne of Olupo of Ajase-Ipo in a record time that has beaten the imaginations and perceptions of nay sayers,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, the new Olupo promised to promote peaceful co-existence within his domain and beyond as well as work hard to turn Ajase-Ipo into a model town with rapid development.
“I shall remain supportive and committed to promoting government programmes and policies at all times within my domain, Irepodun local government area, Igbomina/Ekiti land, Kwara State and Nigeria at large. I shall work very hard to turn Ajase-Ipo into a model town with rapid development,” Oba Alebiosu said.
In his vote of thanks, the President of the Ajase-Ipo Descendants Union, Alhaji Yakub Iyanda commended the AbdulRazaq administration for the expeditious manner on presentation staff of office to the new Olupo, urging all contestants and the people of Ajase-Ipo to rally round support for Olupo on development of the ancient town.