By Abubakar S. H
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello yesterday, has said his administration is resolute to strengthen traditional institution in the state.
Gov. Bello who gave the assurance at the coronation of HRH Johnson Kolade-Otitoju as the Akinrin of Ekinrin-Ade on Saturday, at Ekinrin-Ade of Ijumu Local Government Area.
He assured the traditional rulers and the people of continued support and thanked the royal fathers for supporting the government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
He however commended Otitoju for his discipline background saying that his serious role as the a pioneer teacher at Abdul-Azeez Atta Memorial College, Okene has further confirmed his competence.
He described the new Oba as a “disciplinarian”, adding that Ekirin-Ade community would benefit from government numerous plans for the traditional institution in the state.
He further disclosed that his administration has promised to continue to Strengthen Traditional Institution In Kogi State and also
concluded plans to build more palaces for traditional rulers across the state so as to to give them a befitting look among other plans.
Gov. Bello directed the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Deedat Ozigi, to immediately commence the process of upgrading the stool of the Oba of Ekirin-Ade to a first-class status.
He explained that the gesture was for fairness, justice, and equity, stressing that the community deserved such a recognition and status.
In his vote of thanks, one of the children of Oba Kolade-Otitoju, Mr Babajide Otitoju of TVC, thanked the governor for upgrading the Ekirin-Ade stool to first-class status.