The role of the Oyo state government in Olubadan kingdom is under the administration of the Director of Chieftaincy Matters in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in compliance with the Chiefs Law of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
The Ministry was established in the year 1999. It used to be known as the Ministry of Special Duties of the past military administrations. It was thereafter established by the then incumbent Governor Lamidi Adesina’s administration on the 27th July, 1999. The various departments in the ministry include: The Department of Local Government Inspectorate, Department of Local Government Affairs, Department of Chieftain Matters, Department of Finance and Administration and the Oyo State Valuation Office. It has a staff strength of 89 staff members.
To overhaul and reposition the 33 local governments for a sustainable development.
To formulate policies for strengthening the institutional capacities of local government and ensuring they are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday presented the staff of office to the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Olasupo Adetunji (Aje Ogungunniso 1) while promising to overhaul the chieftaincy institution in Ibadanland.
Speaking at the ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan where the historic event took place, Ajimobi said the review of the chieftaincy system in the state capital would ensure speedy completion of appointment procedures and also ensure the insulation of high chiefs from partisan politics.
“The Oba is expected to be above board and rallying point of all citizens. He is the ruler of Ibadanland and symbol of unity and has the final say on customary matters. The Olubadan is faced with the task of building peace”, Ajimobi said.
Presenting the Certificate of Instrument of Office to the new monarch, Ajimobi reminded the gathering that nobody could qualify to be Olubadan if he was found to be suffering from physical infirmity or declared to be a lunatic or of unsound mind. He said:
“The recognised kingmakers to the Olubadan Chieftaincy, that is, the Olubadan-in-Council having met in accordance with the Chieftaincy Declaration, and having satisfied all the conditions precedent, particularly the provisions that “the line whose turn it is to present a candidate shall nominate a candidate” who shall not be found to be disqualified under the provision of Section 10(2) of the Chiefs Law 1957 (now Section 14(2) of the Chiefs Law 2000), there is the need to inform us all that under the above quoted portion of the law, “no person shall be qualified to be a candidate for a recognised chieftaincy who:
Suffers from serious physical infirmity; or has under any law in force in Nigeria, been found or declared to be a lunatic or adjudged to be of unsound mind; or has, in any part of the Commonwealth, been sentenced to death or imprisonment for a term exceeding two years; or been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty and sentenced to imprisonment therefore, and has not been granted a free pardon.”
Apparently referring to the ongoing legal tussle between the Seriki Line (whose head, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, is claiming to be the qualified candidate for the stool) and the Olubadan-in-Council, the governor noted that the Chiefs Law regulating the succession to the stool of Olubadan recognised rotation to the stool between the Otun and Balogun Lines.
Discountenancing the agitation of the Seriki chiefs, Ajimobi said the ascension to the Olubadan throne is “strictly rotational. “The choice of the new Olubadan from the Balogun line is customary, traditional, legal and satisfied all legal provisions without legal encumbrances.
The council, having presented him, I now approve this appointment. He is now the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land. He is a famous business tycoon and music recording guru, discovering many talents sent across the world.”
Ajimobi said the installation was unique in various senses, stressing: “I am the first governor in the state to win second term. My father was a tailor and our royal father being installed today is a tailor.” Saturday Telegraph gathered that Ajimobi was the first governor of the state as an indigene of Ibadan to install an Olubadan.
Aside this, it was during his reign that the Alaafin of Oyo first attended the installation of an Olubadan. He had always been unavailable, apparently owing to the frosty relationship that had existed between him and past Olubadans due to the traditional tussle over rotation of the chairmanship of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs. Speaking, Adetunji asked for the Creation of Ibadan International airport and Ibadan State.