Traditional rulers key in National Development – Hamzat

L-R: Oba Nelson Abayomi Ogunlari, Olowu of Owu-Ikosi; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; The Oloja of Epe, HRM. Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun; Aladeshoyin of Odo Noforija Kingdom, HRM. Oba Babatunde Olaogun Ogunlaja; Professor Caleb Orimogunje and Elejirin of Ejirin, Oba Babatunde Balogun at the 20th Coronation Anniversary of HRM. Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, The Oloja of Epe at the Jubilee Chalet, Epe .

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Hamzat has stressed the importance of traditional rulers in the promotion of peaceful co-existence among communities to bring about national development and growth.

Speaking at a symposium organized to commemorate the 20th Coronation Anniversary of the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Hamzat averred that the traditional rulers play useful roles in brokering peace between the people and the state, enhancing national identity, resolving minor conflicts and providing institutional safety.

He said “traditional rulers are the embodiment our cultural ethos and values. They seek the wellbeing of residents and set the rule of engagement,” urging all tiers of government in the country to work with traditional leaders in order to achieve peace, stability and economic development.

While noting that traditional rulers today were still highly respected in many communities and have considerable political and economic influence, Hamzat stated that they must therefore form a partnership that allows government see the desire of the people.

He added that traditional rulers must ensure law and order is maintained in their communities, as they possess the moral standards and authority that mitigates violence and danger. As such, they can hold communities together’.

He further noted that tradition should be held in esteem high by everyone, caring for one another involves all the citizens in the community. The deputy governor charged all to seek good of the community where we live saying “together we must evolve a common identity”.

While noting that the Yoruba language is no longer spoken by many children, the Deputy Governor urged parents to improve on their children learning and speaking of the language so that the moral values contained can be imbibed.

In a lecture titled “The role of Obas in National and Local Economic Development”, Professor Oladele Caleb Orimogunje stated that the development of every community in all aspects was paramount to the traditional rulers in yorubaland.

Stressing the importance of traditional rulers, the Professor said they could help in advancing economy in their domains by promoting tourism that generate revenue,adding that the “different festivals can be utilized for the growth of economy at the local and national levels”.

Using Osun festival in Osogbo and Argungu festivals as examples, he noted that if these annual festivals were carefully handled, both the local government and state levels of administrations would continuously reap economic gains from it.

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