Ogun tasks monarchs on rising cases of cultism
Ogun State Government has appealed to royal fathers to assist in stemming the tide of cultism and other criminal acts, causing loss of lives, and property and tarnishing the state’s hard-earned image.
The Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, made the call at the Third Quarter 2022 Statutory Meeting of the State Council of Obas, held at the Conference Hall, Oba’s Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, the governor said the menace of cultism, which was no longer limited to tertiary institutions, had spread to both secondary and primary schools, as well as among artisans and street boys.
He said if the trend was not checked, it would lead to a breakdown of law and order in the state.
He revealed that the necessary security apparatus had been sensitised and mobilised to put a check on the security challenge and other acts of criminalities, adding that the royal fathers’ efforts would also go a long way in tackling the menace in the interest of the state.
Abiodun said the government had continued to engage parents, the public, as well as professional and artisan groups, to warn their children and wards not to join cult groups.
On the 2023 election, Abiodun enjoined the royal fathers to mobilise their subjects to participate in the ongoing continuous voters’ registration exercise and educate them not to allow themselves to be used as tools in the hands of desperate politicians, who want to truncate the steady development of the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun, said with the support of the present administration and the unprecedented provision from the governor, the ministry was able to ensure the welfare of monarchs and filling of vacant stools.
He added that despite the dwindling economy, the governor, who is committed to the wellbeing of the royal fathers, had granted the immediate approval with cash backing the upward review of the monthly financial subvention of the four traditional councils by 50 per cent, as promised in the last council meeting.
The Chairman of the council, Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Adewale Ajayi, said the monarchs were still looking forward to their retreats, saying “it is important for Obas to have a forum, where they can rub minds and give recommendations to the government on burning issues, hoping that such recommendations would be taken into consideration.”