Top traditional rulers in Ogun State are to enjoy a pay rise as from this month.
The paramount rulers, including the Olu of Ilaro,Oba Kehinde Olugbele; the Alake of Egbaland,Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona made the demand at a meeting with governor Ibikunle Amosun at the governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Governor Amosun who made this known at the Inauguration of the new chairman of the Ogun State Oba Council, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olu of Ilaro, said the demand was made before the Wednesday inauguration of the new Oba Council.
The governor also said the monarchs demanded for cars for the traditional rulers.
Amosun said the state government will begin the payment of the pay rise this month, along with two month out of the backlog of salaries of the traditional rulers.
In their separate request, the traditional rulers asked the State Government to complete the rehabilitation of roads in the state, and utilize the 7,000 hectares of lands acquired by the old Western State and Odua Group of Companies at Imeko and Ijebu Ife.
They also asked the state government to obtain the consent of traditional rulers before allocating lands to any company and investor in their domain.
Inaugurating the paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle as the new chairman of the State Council of Obas, the governor asked traditional rulers to co-operate with investors seeking to establish companies in the state, and support the chairmen of the local governments and local council development areas.
Expressing concern over the level of impunity by the land grabbers, Amosun asked traditional rulers not to plead for any of them arrested and when they are being prosecuted under the proposed law.
Amosun also asked traditional rulers to intervene in the 21 day ultimatum issued by the civil servants for the payment of the deduction from their salaries, as well as pensions and gratuities arrears.