By Iyabo Adebisi
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has signed into law Chiefs Law, Cap 28, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The signing-in ceremony which done at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s, Secretariat, Ibadan was witnessed by the representatives of the Olubadan in Council, Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief, Owolabi Olakunleyina and other traditional rulers across the state
Speaking shortly after the ascent, Governor Makinde said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the amended chiefs laws was to ensure smooth running of the traditional institution in Oyo state.
Governor Makinde, while noting that his government would always follow due process in traditional institution, appreciated the traditional council in the state for their patient and understanding for the assent of the law.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mohammad Fadeyi noted that the house examined thoroughly the inputs of stakeholders before the passage of the bill Chiefs Law, Cap 28.
Mr Fadeyi was optimistic that the law would be of great benefit to the people of the state.
Oyo State House of Assembly had early this week passed a bill, Chiefs Law, Cap 28, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
With the passage, the State legislature has now substituted sub-section (1) of section 28 with a new clause.
The initial provision of Sub-section (1) which read ” The Governor may cause such inquiries to be held at such times and in such places and by such person or persons as it or he may consider necessary or desirable ” has now been substituted with “The Governor may cause such inquiries to be held at such times and in such places and by such person or persons as he may consider necessary or desirable.
To this end, former Clause (3) has now become Clause (4) hence the new Sub-section (3) now reads “Any person who pursuant to subsection (1) of this section is elevated to wear beaded crown from Baales to Minor Chiefs who being a customary tenant shall continue to pay obeisance to his prescribed or consenting authority. “
Recall that, the Oyo State House of Assembly had on Friday 12th May, 2023 held a public hearing on the proposed amendment where opinions of all stakeholders were aggregated.
Recall that Governor Seyi Makinde had said in the letter requesting for the amendment that, ” As part of the ongoing efforts of the present administration to specify the Chieftaincy holders entitled to wear beaded crowns in Oyo State, the Executive council has considered the need to amend the Chiefs Law of Oyo State. This is as a result of agitation of many High Chiefs on the issue of beaded crowns and the volume of litigations and resentment within communities in the State.