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Ekiti assures monarchs of adequate security

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
30 November 2022   |   5:12 am
The Ekiti State government, yesterday, assured traditional rulers of adequate security for all residents before, during and after the Yuletide. Some monarchs, including the Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Adesanmi...

[FILES] Biodun Oyebanji. Photo/facebook/biodunaoyebanji

The Ekiti State government, yesterday, assured traditional rulers of adequate security for all residents before, during and after the Yuletide.
Some monarchs, including the Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Adesanmi, in Ekiti South West Local Council of the state, had recently raised concern about the level of insecurity, especially in border communities.

But reacting to the development, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Monisade Afuye, said that insecurity would soon be a thing of the past, as the government was already on top of the ugly situation.

The deputy governor, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, during an interface with the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, added that the new administration would maintain high respect for traditional institution.

Afuye said that Governor Oyebanji was not oblivious of insecurity crises being experienced in some towns and villages, assuring that government will partner with them to ensure that all the noticeable threats abate.

She applauded Ekiti monarchs for maintaining neutrality during the last governorship election, saying this had further buoyed the respect and confidence reposed in them by the current government.

The Ekiti number two citizen added that Oyebanji had released adequate funds to complete the traditional council’s chambers under construction, while other issues bordering on their welfare would be tackled in record time to underscore the enormous respect the government accords royalty.

She said: “I wish to commend your royal majesties for your support and exceptional contributions toward maintaining peace and stability in your various domains. I sincerely appreciate the neutrality shown by our revered royal fathers during the last election. I thank you for ensuring peace in the state before, during and after the election.

“Let me assure all our traditional rulers that the state government under Governor Biodun Oyebanji will accord high priority to the welfare of your royal majesties. Therefore, I seek your cooperation and support in ensuring that the arduous task of attending to the needs of this state’s citizens is done with optimal utilisation of available resources.

“The state government is aware that the current traditional council’s chambers have been in use since Ekiti State’s creation in 1996. However, most of the facilities in the chamber are outdated, inadequate, and can no longer accommodate the traditional council.

“The recent upgrading of some royal fathers has increased the membership of the council from 69 to 86. This has made the provision of a new tradition council chamber very important. You deserve a new chamber to comfortably hold your meetings.”

Afuye said time when vacant stools in Ekiti State were being left unfilled due to protracted crises was over, saying available chieftaincy laws will henceforth be enforced to ensure speedy and expeditious ascendancy onto vacant thrones.

In his response, Chairman of the Council and Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon, applauded Oyebanji’s government for being committed to open door policy with the monarchs.

Oba Adejuwon added that the council’s committee on security would pay a visit to the deputy governor to inundate her with the level of insecurity in the state and the debilitating effect it is having on the security of life and property.