The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described traditional institution as a symbol of sovereignty and melting pot for communal efforts, towards socio-economic development of communities.
Amosun made the description at the installation and presentation of staff of office to Oba Clement Akinola Omosowon of the Orisanwo ruling house as the new Elewo of Ilewo Orile, in Abeokuta North Local Government Area.
Amosun who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, said beside the fact that traditional rulers are custodians of traditions and cultural values of their domains, they also aggregate the collective aspirations of their people.
The governor therefore congratulated sons and daughters of Ilewo for maintaining peace and order after the demise of the immediate past monarch, late Oba Nathaniel Orisabiyi, who joined his ancestors on February 14, 2015.
The Governor said the present administration would continue to discharge its mandate in line with the five cardinal programmes as enshrined in the mission to rebuild by paying attention to education, health, agriculture as well as providing adequate security required for socio-economic well-being of the State.
“Kabiyesi, you are expected to play vital role of a father to all your subjects including those who have contested the stool with you, I urge you to also see your appointment as a clarion call to serve your people,” Amosun advised.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government, Hon. Kunle Folarin, called on the new monarch to mobilize all available human and material resource to ensure rapid growth of the community, urging sons and daughters to cooperate with the monarch for peace, progress and development of the area.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Omosowon appreciated the government and those who had contributed to the success story of the historic town, for the opportunity given him to serve, promising to restore mechanized and modern farming in order to boost agricultural production amongst others.