) Oba Abduraheem Adeoti, the newly-installed traditional ruler of Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, has been given his staff of office as a first class monarch.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, presented the staff of office to Oba Adeoti in Omu Aran on Saturday.
NAN recalls that Oba Adeoti was installed the town’s 27th monarch by the Olomu-in-council led by the Eesa of Omu-Aran, Chief Jide Adebayo in September.
This followed the death of the late Oba Charles Ibitoye who died on Nov. 30, 2017.
Receiving his staff of office, Oba Adeoti called for more public infrastructure in order to fast track socio-economic development of the community.
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that Omu-Aran’s physical expansion is already engulfing its immediate adjoining settlements and turning it to what can be termed as urban conurbation.
“Omu-Aran as an emerging urban centre has an approximate population of about 150,000 people and unarguably the third largest settlement in Kwara State.
“Omu-Aran has a threshold population that can support the provision of specialised services like university, specialist hospital, ultra-modern markets and fire services stations, among others,‘’ Adeoti said.
The new monarch paid tributes to past traditional rulers of the town, saying that their reign brought unprecedented development to the community.
Gov. Ahmed, in his remark, expressed optimism that the new monarch would bring to bear his vast knowledge and experience in the areas of administration toward the growth, progress and development of the community.
He advised the Olomu to be guided by the spirit of tolerance, togetherness and excellence in the discharge of his traditional responsibilities of putting resources together for desired development.
Ahmed described the traditional institution as a veritable tool for grassroots mobilization, cohesion, social economic and political development.
Mr Muyiwa Oladipo, Chairman of Irepodun Local Government, praised both the state government and the kingmakers for ensuring a peaceful and transparent succession processe.
Oladipo, while appealing for more support for government projects, pledged the support of the council to the new monarch in order to achieve success in his new post.
Chief Jide Adebayo, the Eesa of Omu-Aran, on his part, called for stakeholders support toward the growth, progress and development of the community.
Present at the ceremony were government functionaries, religious leaders, traditional rulers as well as friends and associates of the new monarch and the community.