The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode inaugurated the newly constituted Lagos Council of Obas and Chiefs following the expiration of the tenure of the former Council after serving for five years in line with the law.
Ambode during the inauguration charged the traditional rulers to work towards ensuring peace and security and as well be at the forefront of correcting anti-social behaviours in their communities, saying peaceful atmosphere remains the necessary ingredient for development.
The Governor noted that traditional rulers also have a pivotal role to perform in promoting the State’s tourism campaign being the custodians of culture and tradition of the people. “Our government has immense regard for our Royal Fathers and Traditional Rulers and we always welcome advice from our royal fathers in order to maintain social harmony and ensure peaceful coexistence in our State,” he said.
He continued that; “I, therefore, use this opportunity to call on our Royal Fathers and Chiefs and the new leadership of the Council of Obas and Chiefs to continue to address anti-social behaviour in their communities. The most important ingredient for development in the State is peace and security and you all have an important role to play in this.
“As custodians of the culture and tradition of our people, our royal fathers should also be at the forefront of the State’s tourism campaign. A significant aspect of tourism is our culture and historical sites which fall under your jurisdiction”.
He said regardless of the advent of modernism, the importance of the traditional institution of kingship in the society could not be downplayed, noting that it remained a rallying point for the generality of the people.
Ambode, therefore, urged members of the re-constituted Council to justify the confidence reposed in them by using their wealth of experience to support his administration in the task of deepening democracy and bringing development to every part of the State, just as he restated commitment to the welfare and activities of royal fathers in the State.
Besides, Governor Ambode commended members of the dissolved Council for serving the State with a high sense of patriotism during their five-year tenure and urged the new Council to advise government rightly on matters relating to customary laws, cultural affairs, inter-communal relations and maintenance of public order in the State.
The new Council is made up of one Permanent Chairman in the person of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; three Vice Chairmen, one Acting Vice Chairman and 77 members totalling 82 members.
“The composition of the new members is made to reflect the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas, thereby allotting 15 members each to four divisions of the State and 21 members to Lagos Division due to its peculiarity,” the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Folami said in his remarks.
The Vice Chairmen are Akran of Badagry, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi I; Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi; Alara of Ilara, Oba A.O Adesanya; and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi.