The Oyo State Government has elevated and presented the beaded crown and staff of office to the Bagijan of Ilaji-Ile, HRM Oba Lawal Oyedepo Oyeleye Alebiosu.
OYO NEWS understands that Ilaji-Ile is a surburb in Iwajowa Local Government, Area of Oyo state.
According to the State Government, his elevation is in recognition of the roles of traditional rulers as custodians of culture and traditional heritage.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, while presenting the staff of office, on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde said it was the desire of the government to elevate traditional institution in the State, and bring it to its rightful enviable status in the society.
The Commissioner said this gave birth to the decision to elevate some deserving monarchs across the state.
He disclosed that the current administration has reviewed and increased the allocation for traditional rulers from 5 percent to 10 percent.
He therefore admonished them to continue to perform optimally in supporting the efforts of Makinde’s led administration to maintain peace and tranquility in the state.
Also present at the occasion were the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Niyi Adebisi; the Chairman, Iwajowa Local Government, Hon. Prince Abdul Jelil Adebare Oyinloye; the Political Head, Iganna LCDA, Hon. Bello Tajudeen Olori and the Asiwaju of Iwajowa Local Government, Hon. John Farinto.
They congratulated Bagijan of Ilaji-Ile on his new status, urging his subjects not to relent in their support for him.
They also charged the Ilaji-Ile monarch to seek for more formal education inorder to broaden his horizon.
In their goodwill messages, traditional rulers across Oke-Ogun, including the Sabiganna of Iganna land, Olokaka of Okaka, Oniro of Otu Elero of Ilero,Onigbope of igbope, Aare of Ofiki, Alageere of Ago are, Ajoriwin of Irawo and Onigboho of igboho among others took turn to explain the significance of the occasion and admonished the Bagijan of Ilaji-Ile to live up to expectation in attracting development to his domain.