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We’re prepared to fight our common enemies – Ondo monarchs

By Friday Omosola, Akure

Monarchs in Ondo State have been charged to do more to secure their respective domains against criminals as the rate of insecurity keeps rising in the country.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu gave this charge at the inauguration of the State Council of Obas led by its Chairman and Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi. The Council was inaugurated at the International Culture and Event Centre (DOME), Akure, the state capital.

Governor Akeredolu applauded the traditional rulers in the state for joining hands with his administration in addressing the challenges of insecurity. He said the State Council of Obas had built for itself a robust relationship with the government through its steadfastness, loyalty, sacrifice and commitment to its statutory roles.

He further expressed confidence that the new council would not deviate from the noble role but shall build on the foundation already laid down and the achievements made by the past councils. He said his administration, since inception, had accorded the monarchs their pride of place in the scheme of things and would not in any way take them for granted.

He assured them that his administration will not downplay the roles of traditional rulers and their immense contributions to governance, adding that his administration would remain more committed to delivering on its electoral promises and would not relent in his good works. He noted that his administration would ensure that all state resources are pooled for maximum utilisation for the growth and development of the state.

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Speaking on behalf of the kings, the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, said they would join hands with the Governor in the fight against the common enemies of the state and the people. He commended the governor for his unwavering commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of the state.

He added that the traditional rulers in the state would continue to support the REDEEMED agenda of the government for overall development of the Sunshine State.

“Today, the roles of the traditional institutions in fighting crime, maintenance of peace, mediation between the government and her employees, mediation through alternative dispute resolution among others have continued to become more prominent and increasing in recent times.

“It is obvious that the royal fathers play a crucial role in curbing crimes and other social vices occasioned by the rising insecurity and its attendant effects in our country.”

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