Monarch Advocates Compulsory Girl Child Education

A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Olona of Ada in Boripe Local Government, Oba Oyetunde Ojo has described compulsory education of a girl child and women empowerment as the most functional approach to abolishing poverty in the society.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria in his palace, Oba Oyetunde said empowering a woman stabilized the domestic economy and had a multiplier effect on the security of lives and property in the community.

The Monarch who described such as the driving focus of his reign since his emergence two years ago appealed to traditional rulers and wealthy people in every community to lead the campaign of compulsory free education for girl child and provide impetus to support business activities of indigent women in their domains.

He said every girl child must be forced to have at least basic education, while all women must be allowed to be involved in economic activities, no matter how small.

The Olona of Ada also advocated what he called Constitutional recognition for traditional rulers because of their indispensable role in ensuring security and peaceful co-existence among the various ethnic groups in their kingdoms.

He said often when the legal authorities ran into crisis with the people, they often resorted to the traditional authorities for solutions, noting that Colonial powers could not wish the traditional institutions away, hence their legal preservation of customary laws and power.

Oba Oyetunde who is a retired University Don explained that such advocacy was not for a return to the practice under colonial rule where ‘Obas’ were members of the legislature, but a constitutional arrangement where some programmes of government would be driven through the palaces for ease and just distribution of wealth among the people.

On farmers/herders relationship, the traditional rulers said most disagreements between them were often amicably resolved to lead to marriages between Fulanis and natives of Ada, while he proposed to give chieftaincy title to one of the Fulani leaders in his domain.

Adenitan Akinola


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