By AbuSatar Hamed
AKURE: The Ondo State Government recently demonstrated its avowed respect for the traditional institution in the state.
The state Executive Council, after its meeting at the Exco Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Akure, abrogated the Grade “D” classification for Obas in the state.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye, explained that the state executive council abrogated the Grade “D” classification because the category had become obsolete across the Yorubaland.
He therefore said that all the 67 Obas who were hitherto on Grade “D” before the classification was abrogated would now move to Grade “C”.
The Commissioner added that the state government would initiate a legal framework to back the decision.
According to him, the decision will enhance the status of the Obas, saying: “We are sure that the decision to abrogate the Grade “D” classification will enhance the status of our traditional rulers. Their welfare is our concern.”
In another development, the Ondo State Executive Council had approved the selection of Prince Rotimi Obamuagun as the new Olumoru-Elect.
According to the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Lola Fagbemi, the emergence of Rotimi Obamuagun as the new Olumoru-Elect followed the government’s standing policy not to interfere in the selection of traditional rulers in the state.
She added that Prince Obamuagun got the highest number of votes during the selection process.