The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle has accused Former Governor Ibikunle Amosun of bastardizing the process of selecting, appointment and upgrading of traditional rulers in Ogun State.
He expresses concern over the high number of First Class Monarchs appointed by the Former Governor and his predecessors.
Oba Olugbenle also accuses the Former Governor of failing to gazette the State’s Traditional Rulers into grade a, b or c, thereby leading to several cases in Courts.
The Paramount Ruler spoke on the issue during the inauguration of a committee set up by Governor Dapo Abiodun to review the last minute appointments and upgrading of 75 Baales by Amosun to Coronet Monarchs.
Other members of the committee includes, the Osile of Oke Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, the Elepe of Epe, Oba Adewale Osiberu and the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya.
Oba Olugbenle who heads the committee inaugurated by Abiodun at the Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, says the Traditional Institution which is the foundation of culture and tradition has been destroyed in the State.
For instance, Oba Olugbenle explains that Baales are upgraded to Coronet Oba’s without considering the historical background and the antecedent of their villages and towns.
The Paramount Ruler promised that the committee will come up with recommendation to address the installation, promotion and upgrading of Oba’s, which will not be altered by any government in the nearest future.
Inaugurating the committee, the Governor says his administration decided to set up the committee based on various petitions received by the State House of Assembly.
He says his administration plan is not to score any cheap political point but to re-position the Traditional Institution, and address the controversies which surrounds the appointments and upgrade of the seventy five Baale’s.
The Governor highlights terms of reference of the committee.