…as Monarch hails governor for developing farm settlement, appointment of indigene as Commissioner
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has presented the Staff of Office and Instrument of Appointment to the new Olorin of Orin-Ekiti, Oba Olufemi Adeniran Ajibewa.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Tuesday held at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti in line with COVID-19 protocols, Dr. Fayemi urged Oba Ajibewa to see his new position as a call to duty to serve his people and move the town forward.Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor described the throne as a sensitive position that calls for considerable wisdom, diligence, sacrifice, initiative and perseverance.
Oba Ajibewa’s appointment as the Olorin was approved by the State Executive Council on 11th June, 2020 after satisfying all conditions to ascend the throne which had been vacant for over five years.
The Governor commended the stakeholders for their cooperation which led to Oba Ajibewa’s selection after five years without a king in the community, urging them to allow peace to reign and cooperate with their traditional ruler for Orin’s accelerated development.
Dr. Fayemi further hailed Orin indigenes for maintaining and sustaining the needed peace and their display of maturity and decorum during the delay in filling the vacant stool after the transition of the late Oba Oluwole Olubunmo.
He said: “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate this administration’s respect for the traditional institution in Ekiti State. The institution is a revered one and our government will continue to accord it the deserved respect.
“We are nor unmindful of the vital roles being player by our royal fathers. It is this realisation of this that our our administration has been ensuring the filling of vacant stools in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.
“In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajibewa, who was flanked by his wife, Olori Oluwayemisi, commended the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the State Executive Council for upholding the truth throughout the process of his selection as the Olorin.
Oba Ajibewa noted that he had accepted the noble call to serve pledging to be fair and just to everyone and to work with all Orin indigenes to ensure that outstanding successes are achieved and the lost glory of the community recovered. The traditional ruler identified peace, progress and unity as his watchword during his reign to stimulate patriotism, prosperity and undisputable achievements.
The monarch hailed the Governor Fayemi’s administration for developing the Orin Farm Settlement and engagement of foreign investors to make the centre a major hub for agribusiness and job creation for the youths.
The royal father also lauded the Governor for recently appointing a daughter of the community, Dr Adebimpe Aderiye, as the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology describing the developments as signs of greater things to come. Oba Ajibewa who said his town is endowed with mineral resources that can be harnessed to boost the economy of the state also urged the state government to link Orin with Isan to further open up the axis for development.
The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeniyi Familoni explained that the bureau supervised over a transparent exercise which led to the choice of the new monarch after an initial delay occasioned by misgivings on the applicable chieftaincy declaration by some critical stakeholders.
He disclosed that the Fayemi administration had installed eleven new traditional rulers in 2020 alone commending its resolve to always fill vacant stools as soon as possible in compliance with the Chiefs Law.
Last modified: September 22, 2020