The Governor, state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged traditional rulers in the state on the need to consistently champion communal peace and promote unity among their subjects in their various domains.
Aregbesola also urged the monarchs to expedite actions capable of heralding genuine rapid development as well as foster peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial relationship among the residents in their communities.
Governor Aregbesola gave the advice while presenting the Staff of Office and Instrument of appointment to the new Akinla of Erin-Ijesha, Oba Isaac Adeyeba, in the ancient town of Erin-Ijesha.
The Governor who was represented by the State Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, called for the continuously strengthening of the existing love and unity in the state, saying it remains the only way to actualize the desired progress, growth and development.
He said the development and progress of the society must certainly be prioritized by traditional rulers and other stakeholders in society, just as he charged the monarchs not to rest on their oars at ensuring sustainable transformation.
Governor Aregbesola who described the traditional institutions as an heritage of societal reformation, attitudinal change and moral building, also called on the royal fathers not to relent in their efforts at placing the Yoruba’s values, customs, traditions and culture at the front burner of growth and development in the global community.
Aregbesola further attributed the existing peace and tranquility being enjoyed by his administration to what he described as unflinching support and cooperation received from the citizenry.
While enumerating some of his achievements, Governor Aregbesola said his government has successfully given the state a deserved look and identity as evident in the influx of socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations across the nooks and crannies of the state.
He said the current government had significantly accorded due recognition to all the traditional institutions, religious institutions as well as the people’s culture, values and traditions since assumption of office.
Advising the new monarch, Governor Aregbesola admonished Oba Adeyeba to be magnanimous in victory and extend hands of love and togetherness to all and sundry.
Governor Aregbesola implored the new traditional ruler to maximize his position in bringing all round development and progress to the ancient town, saying he must not hesitate to fill the seventeen years (17 years) vacuum created after the demise of his predecessor, Oba Adeyinka Adeosun.
He therefore called on the sons and daughters of the town to rally round the new monarch in his bid to pilot the affairs of the town to the greater heights.
In his remarks, Oba Isaac Adeyeba who commended Governor Aregbesola on his giant strides, however expressed profound gratitude to the state government for approving him as the new monarch of the ancient town after seventeen years of royal interregnum.
Oba Adeyeba who promised to consolidate on the efforts of his ancestors, said his reign would bring unprecedented development and progress to the town.
The monarch said his emergence was a new dawn to the people of Erin-Ijesha both at home and in diaspora.
He affirmed on his determination to turn the town to a must-visited world tourist centre in the world, pledging that his reign would leave no stone unturned at showcasing the natural values of the town- (Olumirin Water falls) to the global community for general development and betterment of all.
Oba Adeyeba however promised to support the state government in its bid to maximize the state revenues through sustainable taxation, adding that his office would be used to enforce prompt tax payment among his subjects.
The monarch described taxation as a driven force aiding the policies and programmes of government, stressing that the time has come for all and sundry to demonstrate positive attitude towards taxation.
He therefore sought for cooperation and support from the indigenes and residents of the town, just as he assured peaceful cohabitation of all.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbeshola approved the appointment of the then Prince Isaac Adeyeba Ayeni as the new Akinla of Erin Ijesha in Ori ade Local Government area of the state, just as his appointment came 17 years, 17 days after the demise of his predecessor, Oba Adeyinka Adeosun.
The 52-year old new monarch however hails from Ayeni Royal family of Osefiri