Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday promised not to interfere in the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system, but work to achieve its desired goals.
Concise News reports that the governor gave the assurance during the 86th birthday anniversary and chieftaincy celebration of High Chief (Mrs) Theresa Oyekanmi.
The event held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI).
Oyekanmi was recently installed as the 14th Iyalode of Ibadan land after the demise of Alhaja Aminat Abiodun.
Makinde was represented by Mrs Funmi Orisadeyi, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
“As your son, I am reassuring you of my support for the progress of Ibadan.
“Let me re-state that I will not interfere in the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system,” he said.
He solicited the support of traditional institutions across the state for his administration in transforming the state.
The governor congratulated the new Iyalode of Ibadanland, praying that she would live long.
The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, also prayed that his reign and that of the Iyalode would last long and bring the desired growth to Ibadan land.
The event was attended by prominent sons and daughters of Ibadan land as well as associations.
Among the dignitaries are Oba Lekan Balogun, Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land; High Chief Lekan Alabi, Agbaakin of Ibadan land; and Chief Sarafadeen Alli, a former Secretary to Oyo State Government.
Oyo Govt. to open 3 more abattoirs to aid healthy meat consumption
Meanwhile, in its bid to ensure consumption of hygienic and healthy meat by residents, the Oyo State government has concluded plans to open three more modern abattoirs in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.
The statement quoted Jacob Ojekunle, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, as making the disclosure during a one-day symposium, organised by the state chapter of Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association in Ibadan.
Ojekunle said that the Governor Makinde-led administration, as part of its plan to avert unemployment and provide hygienic meat for people’s consumption, would establish the three new abattoirs, in addition to the one at Amosun, in Akinyele Local Government area.
According to the commissioner, the step is aimed at preventing health hazards that can emanate from meat consumption.
He stressed that the essence of the symposium was to sensitise the public on the need to eat healthy meats, adding “the health hazard associated with consumption of unhealthy meat is very huge and the state will do all it can to curb outbreak of epidemic.”
The commissioner commended the association for complementing government’s efforts in sensitising the public on the importance of consumption of healthy meat in the state.