Fayose Inaugurates new council of traditional rulers in Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti state Governor Agodele Fayose has inaugurated the new council of traditional rulers headed by the Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Michael Ademolaju.

At the inauguration of the reconstituted council, in Ado Ekiti, Fayose also charged the monarchs to ensure adequate security in their domains as the state prepares for an election in 2018.
He said "you will agree with me that the 2018 is around the corner, hence all hands must be on the deck to ensure that the process of selecting a new government is not stalled unnecessarily.
"There is the need for Ekiti people to be on the same page with this administration by enduring the continuity of the good works that it had started for the sustenance of the ongoing development of the state.
"As the chief security officers of your domains, I enjoin you and your subjects to be security conscious and you are to maintain perfect peace in your domain as development can only take place in a peaceful environment."
The new chairman of the council, Oba Ademolaju in his acceptance speech, thanked Fayose for the opportunity to serve as the chairman of the council, adding that it was "a challenge for the promotion of unity among the royal fathers and the entire people of the geographical entity called Ekiti State both at home and in the diaspora."
The monarch noted that the Council of Obas , "according to Ekiti State Council of Obas Law of 2000 to, among other things, advise the government on matters relating to customary law or cultural affairs, inter-communal relations, and maintenance of public order within the state."
Oba Ademolaju explained that there were four standing committees in the council namely Chieftaincy, Local Government, Education and Utility but noted that none of the committees was "addressing agriculture  which Ekiti people need to explore at this time."
He therefore hinted that he would, "through the Council of Obas seek your approval for two additional committees namely: Agriculture Committee to work with you at the council level on revitalising agriculture at the community level and Diaspora Committee to work with you on encouraging our sons and daughters to come home and join in the struggle for an accelerated industrialization of their fatherland."
The new Council of Obas' Chairman called for the support of his fellow traditional rulers for him to achieve success in his new role.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ayodele Alabi, said the state government had selected 25 rotational members to join the 32 permanent members to run the affairs of the State Traditional Council for the next two years.