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Ogun Chieftaincy law not against culture, says commissioner

By Gbenga Akinfenwa and Waliat Musa
13 January 2022   |   2:40 am
The Ogun State government has assured that the chieftaincy law is not meant to erode customs and traditions of the land, but to correct some anomalies that contravene the realities

Dapo Abiodun. Photo/FACEBOOK/dabiodunMFR

As TRACE releases traffic advisory on Buhari’s visit

The Ogun State government has assured that the chieftaincy law is not meant to erode customs and traditions of the land, but to correct some anomalies that contravene the realities of modern times.

This followed Governor Dapo Abiodun’s signing of the controversial law that approved the method for the selection, appointment and recognition of Obas and Chiefs in the state and other related matters.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, who disclosed this yesterday in Abeokuta, said the law did not stop traditional rites that follow the installation or death of the monarch, but only provided an opportunity for family members to have a say in the way the remains of a deceased traditional ruler could be interred as they desired.

He said: “The corpse belongs to the family even after traditional burial rites have been done, our customs and traditions cannot be pushed aside. But at the same time, every citizen, including an Oba has the right under the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”

He further explained that the bill emanated from the traditional council, which was passed to the State House of Assembly, where a public hearing was held.

“The bill goes beyond burial rites. It also addressed the selection and recognition of monarchs and Chiefs in the state, before a Baale can be upgraded to Oba, he must have spent 15 years on the throne with visible development strides, while the monarch should have spent 10 years before being upgraded to part II traditional stools,” Afuape said.

MEANWHILE, following President Muhammadu Buhari planned visit to Ogun State, the state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), has issued a traffic advisory to road users to make their journey smooth during the visit. 

In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, the newly reconstructed Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Sagamu Interchange will be closed to traffic from 6:00 a.m to 4:00p.m, while the Ijebu/Ode-Mojoda-Epe Expressway, will be closed to traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Similarly, adjoining feeder highways from Siun-Iperu Remo and vice versa, as well as the Siun-Owode Egba-Ofada-Mowe Ibafo and vice versa along the Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Sagamu Interchange will also be closed to traffic.

“However, while the closure lasts, the following alternative routes can be considered to and fro Abeokuta and Ijebu-Ode depending on your entry point and destination: Abeokuta-Ifo-Sango-Iyana/Ipaja-Ikeja and vice versa.

“Also affected are the Abeokuta-Ajebo Rd-Saapade-Sagamu; Abeokuta-Osiele-Odeda-Ibadan; Ijebu/Ode-Itoikin-Sagamu, as well as Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu roads and vice versa,” he said.

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