Government of Osun has received assurance of support from the traditional institution in the state.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi gave the assurance on behalf of the state traditional council when Governor Gboyega Oyetola presented the staff of office and instrument of appointment to the newly-crowned Apetumodu of Ipetumodu in Ife North Local Government, Oba (Prof.) Joseph Oloyede.
According to a statement by the Information Officer of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ademola Lawal, the monarch said, the institution will continue to give necessary backups to the present administration.
Presenting the staff of office, Governor Oyetola reiterated its unflinching support to continue to ensure that the traditional institutions in the state are accorded high recognition.
He said the present administration recognised the important role played by traditional rulers in the society, as they serve as the custodians of the Yoruba culture and tradition.
Represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, the governor charged the traditional rulers to continue playing their roles as father of all and continue to partner with government in its quest to bring development to every part of the state.
He therefore urged the people of the town to rededicate themselves in promoting the growth and development of the town as such will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the state which will transform Ipetumodu and lift it to its pride of place .
The governor then appealed to all indigenes of Ipetumodu to maintain peace, be law abiding and join hands with the new monarch to move the town forward .
He also urged the citizens and residents of the state not to relent in performing their civic duties by paying their taxes and rates promptly.
Oba Oloyede in reaction, reiterated his commitments to rule in the interest of the people and mobilise support for government to guarantee development in his localities and Osun in general.
In his goodwill message, the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, who was represented by Mrs Bisi Kolapo described the new monarch as a competent man and an International Scholar who is ready to move the town forward.
He added that the roles of traditional rulers in democratic dispensation can not be overemphasised, charging monarchs in the country to find ways of how to establish peace and tranquillity in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.