By Olawale Asake

Ahead of the Coronation of the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Oyo State Governor,  Engineer Seyi Makinde has inaugurated the newly built ultra-modern palace for the Ibadan monarch.

The Olubadan Palace situated at Oke Aremo, Yemetu, Ibadan, Oyo State, which has been under construction for so many years, is completed and ready for the use of Oba Olakulehin as the first Ibadan Monarch to occupy the befitting Official edifice.

While Speaking at the Inauguration Ceremony, Governor Makinde showered encomiums on his Predecessor in Office, late Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his efforts at actualizing the Palace that Ibadan Indigenes could boast of.

 Governor Makinde promised to renovate Bowers Towers at the back of the Palace which he said was one of the Tourist attractions to Ibadan, saying Tourism is one of his plans to drive the economy of the State.

The Oyo State Governor appreciated all Ibadan sons and daughters for supporting and developing their loved town, appealing to them not to relent in bringing more developmental projects to the ancient city.

Earlier, the President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, Alhaji Ajeniyi Ajewole said, the completion of the Palace project was due to the steadfast support of Governor Makinde who gave the Council a free hand to operate and supervise the works to completion.

Responding, the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin who was represented by the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Lateef Adebimpe due to the Coronation Process that has begun expressed appreciation to the Oyo State Governor for his role in the completion of the project.

He maintained that the edifice would be a pride to every child of Ibadanland.

Dignitaries at the Inauguration Ceremony included Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Bayo Lawal, the Initiator of the new Palace and former President-General, CCII, Chief Bode Amoo, Distinguished sons and daughters of Ibadanland and some members of Olubadan-in-Council led by Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola.

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