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Oyo Monarchy: Elempe Of Tapa, Gets Staff, Instruments Of Office

09 July

Reported by Ayooluwa Afolabi

Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Monday, presented the staff and instruments of office to the Elempe of Tapa, His Royal Majesty, Oba Sunday Oyekanmi Titiloye (Abioje I) at Tapa Community High School, Tapa, Ibarapa North Local Government.

According to InsideOyo, Gov Makinde was represented by the Deputy Governor, Barrister Adebayo Lawal, charged the monarch to work for the town’s development.

The governor, who reiterated the commitment of the current administration in the state to improving the traditional institution, said the selection process of Oba Titilayo Oyekanmi was a demonstration of the government’s fidelity to transparency and the rule of law.

He said, “As we gather to celebrate this momentous occasion, I charge Oba Titilayo Oyekanmi to embrace the responsibilities that come with this exalted position. 

I implore him to work closely with the government to address the pressing needs of our community, including education, healthcare, security, and economic development. 

By doing so, we can create a brighter future for our people and ensure the continued prosperity of Tapa.

“In particular, I urge Oba Titilayo Oyekanmi to take bold steps to tackle the scourges of kidnapping, banditry, and land grabbing that have plagued our community. 

Our government is committed to supporting him in this endeavor, and we expect his full cooperation in eradicating these menances.

“As Oba Titilayo Oyekanmi begins his reign, I remind him that leadership is a sacred trust that requires wisdom, compassion, and integrity. 

I encourage him to listen to the voices of his people, to be a unifying force, and to lead by example. His reign should be characterized by grace, humility, and a deep commitment to the well-being of all.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Ademola Ojo, congratulated the people of Tapa, praying that the reign of the new monarch would usher in economic development and prosperity.

He said, “Today, we come together to commemorate the coronation and official presentation of the staff of office to His Royal Majesty, Oba Titiloye Oyekanmi Sunday, Elempe of Tapa, the esteemed monarch who embodies the treasured cultural heritage of our land.

“This historic event serves as a pivotal moment in the chronicle of Tapa, signifying the passage of authority and leadership to a new era under the reign of our revered Oba.

The ceremonial presentation of the staff of office symbolizes wisdom, valour and unity, bestowing upon His Royal Majesty the solemn duty of shepherding his people towards a brighter and more prosperous future.”

In his acceptance speech, Oba Oyekan promised to perform his duties with the fear of God in promoting peace, tranquility, socio-economic balance and social justice for the people of Tapa while engaging government at both state and local government towards the development of the area.

The occasion was witnessed by the Speaker, Oyo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin; Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Akintunde Olajide and Hon. Peter Ojedokun, representing Ibarapa North/Central state constituency, among other dignitaries.
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