By Segun Lawal
The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko has commended traditional rulers in the South West States under the aegis of His Royal Majesty (HRM) Heritage Forum, for their contributions towards sustaining the culture and values of the Yoruba race.
Ojuko, through his Media Aide, Mrs. Oluwaseun Boye, gave the commendation at the flag-off of a sensitization programme on cultural empowerment, organised by the HRM Heritage Forum, in collaboration with “Igbein Descendant Union”, held at Olu Igbein Palace Auditorium, Loburo Town, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State.
Represented by the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Dolapo Adewunmi, the Commissioner said the programme would promote activities of the Forum and bring together, traditional rulers in the axis towards promoting the cultural values of the people in the region.
“I wish to place on record that the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has a mandate to ensure that matters affecting traditional rulers in the State receive prompt attention and serve as the Secretariat of the State Council of Traditional Rulers. It has been playing a vital role in the HRM Heritage Forum, both financially and morally.
“Let me also use this opportunity to appreciate the founding fathers of the Forum, especially, the Grand Patron, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Grand Host, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Chief Host, the Olu of Igbein, Oba Oluwole Makinde and other Royal Fathers who came from the South West States. Their contributions towards the HRM Heritage Forum had gone a long way in uplifting and sustaining the culture and traditions of the people”, Ojuko stated. Shedding light on the next level of the Forum, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism who is also the Co-Founder of the Forum, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo pointed out that HRM Forum was a parent body which has other forums namely; Heritage Television and Radio, Queen’s Forum and the Heritage Application, created to provide easier communication networks, where indigenes could logged- in online and have unhindered access to history, local contents and happenings in their hometown, irrespective of their location.
Oladipo who added that the branches would commence full operation to commemorate the third year anniversary of the Forum in a couple of months, used the occasion to present the Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority Odo-Noforija Kingdom, Epe Division, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja, the Chairman of HRM Heritage Forum, Lagos State Chapter, as the President-General of the Forum, while Oba Oluwole Makinde was inaugurated as the Patron of the Forum.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the occasion, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja noted that the body had brought together traditional rulers from across the South West States in Nigeria to foster unity, as well as help showcase traditional values and culture of the States.
Highpoint of the event was presentation of awards to some members of the pen profession, for their various contributions in creative content in the promotion of Africa culture and tradition on digital, online and offline platforms.
Some of the recipients included a veteran Journalist and Baaroyin of Egbaland, Olotu Lai Labode, Director of National Broadcast Academy, Engr. Ajibola Abiola and the Head of Media Unit, Ogun State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Oluwaseun Boye, amongst others.
Why Amosun Rejected My Resignation – Ojuko
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has rejected the resignation of appointment by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, saying the Commissioner remain part of his cabinet till the end of his administration.
Ojuko, who made the disclosure at a press briefing in his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, he said, the issues surrounding his earlier resignation were already being looked into, adding that contents of the letter were construed and misinterpreted.
“That letter was a love letter between two lovers. I love my Governor and my Governor loves me. In view of this development, I am now back at my desk and wish to place on record that the issues surrounding my earlier resignation are being looked into”, Ojuko stated.
He stated further that issues of Ota/Awori traditional council was quite different to what prompted him resigned earlier, noting that his resignation has nothing to do with that of traditional council.
While fielding questions from Journalists, he said those Ota/Awori traditional council were reacting to some anomalies being meted out to them by Egbas by installing an Egba man as their one of their monarch or Baale in their domain.
“You see, it is imperative to react accordingly that’s what the Ota/Awori traditional council did, but my own case is quite different because it has to do with politics, now that you can see that it was two different things entirely”, Ojuko said
He appreciated the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his quick intervention and Ota/Awori traditional council for their understanding, praying for peaceful resolution of the matter.
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Gbajabiamila Is On Course To Become Speaker ….Tunji-Ojo
Chairman of the First Timers Forum in the soon to be inaugurated 9th House of Representatives, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has described the report of adoption of Hon. Umaru Bago by 156 Reps elect as untrue and a mere wishful thinking. Tunji-Ojo said he could confidently assert that absolute loyalty of all the 203 ‘first timers’ in the House to the speakership ambition of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is never in doubt.
Tunji-Ojo said that all the 203 elected ‘first timers’ in the House of Representatives would not only strive for the emergence of Gbajabiamila, but would also insist on an open ballot for the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly in June.
Tunji-Ojo added, “We are seriously agitating for open ballot. Our people should also be able to know our position on any national issue. It is ideal for the beauty of democracy and for the preservation of the hallowed chamber, the open ballot should be given a place of priority in our process.”
Tunji-Ojo also described the claim of the Bago’s camp as refreshing comedy that could only be dignified with hearty laughter. He said, “As the Chairman of First Timers Forum, I can confidently assure that all our 203 members are with Hon. Gbajabiamila. We have our records, strategy and obtained loyal commitment from members. With all these, I am overly confident that Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is very much on course to become the Speaker of the 9th House”.
It will be recalled that 156 Representatives elect were reported to have declared support for the member representing Chanchanga Federal Constituency of Niger State, Honourable Umaru Mohammed Bago to become Speaker of the 9th House. The meeting where the endorsement took place was said to have been held at a location in Gwarimpa, Abuja early on Saturday, May 18.
Meanwhile, the report of rising support for Hon. Bago has been dismissed by the camp of Hon. Gbajabiamila who is the preferred candidate of the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Moreso, the Gbajabiamila’s camp had said that nothing concrete was realistically on ground in the opposition camp to stop the member representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State from becoming the Speaker of the 9th House.
“Politics of who becomes the next Speaker of the House is favourably titling towards the direction of the House Leader, Hon. Gbajabiamila. Although, we are not leaving anything to chance and we will continue to reach out to those that are yet to join our camp. Be as it may, this for us, is a task that must be achieved”, said Tunji-Ojo.
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