Due to incessant clash among warring groups and civil disturbance in Ibadan, Oyo State, the newly promoted Aare Onibon of Ibadanland, Olooye Adegboyega Adegoke has declared that there is need for the government to involve traditional institutions in governance, saying that they are closer to the people.
Adegoke also promised to facilitate more developmental projects into the city so as to create more employment opportunities for young elements in the state.
It could be recalled that in the last few years, Olooye Adegoke brought several developmental projects such as Solutions 93.9FM, Aweni Garden and Apartments, Aweni Estate, Channel 8 Group of hotels and many more to Ibadan.
While speaking with journalists shortly after his promotion from Bada Balogun of Ibadanland to Aare Onibon by Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Olooye Adegoke said that there is need for the government to involve traditional rulers in governance, saying that they are closer to the people.
He called for constitutional amendment by the National Assembly to accommodate roles for traditional rulers in governance.
Aare Onibon, who is the Founder of Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre (AARC), an NGO saddled with the responsibility of empowering the less privileged and youths, said that security is germane to the peaceful coexistence of any community and national development.
He noted that it was high time for the government to take security issues more seriously by delegating constitutional roles to traditional rulers.
This, according to him, would afford them an opportunity to have first hand information on security issues in their various communities and as such, they would know how to address any security challenge that may arise from their domains.
Olooye Adegoke, who is the Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services noted that to reduce insecurity to the barest minimum, there should be responsibility for traditional rulers across board, which he said should be spelt out constitutionally.
Olooye Adegoke, a senatorial hopeful maintained that security is the backbone of any society, which he said is tied to its social, political, economic and cultural growth.
According to him, inadequacy of this vital ingredient of development has led to all manner of social ills, including violent crimes such as armed robbery, ritual killings, child trafficking and other crimes.
Attributing the lingering insecurity in the society to lack of job opportunities and bad economy, he noted that idle hands are devil’s tool, hence he appealed to all well meaning Ibadan Indigenes across the world to use their connections to bring more developmental projects into the city.
He maintained that the government on its part should make traditional rulers more responsible constitutionally to their domain in order to reduce social vices to the barest minimum.
According to him, “traditional rulers are closer to the people than local government chairmen. It is very hard to see anyone, who will not recognise their monarch but they may not even know their local government chairman.
“Therefore, for democracy to thrive, there is need for the involvement of traditional rulers in governance particularly in the area of security.”