Olota Advocates House of Chiefs’ Resuscitat­ion

- Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta

The new Olota of Ota, Ogun State, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, has called for the resuscitat­ion of the House of Chiefs as a bicamera legislatur­e in each of the states of the Federation as the only way to assign roles to traditiona­l rulers in the country, instead of accusing them of dabbling into partisan-politics.

The monarch contended that doing so would halt heaping unnecessar­y blames or degrading the traditiona­l institutio­n of any wrongdoing in the course of their assigned roles.

Besides, while fielding questions from newsmen at a recent get-together organised by committee of friends in his honour as the 14th Olota of Ota, the monarch who was a trained journalist, promised that his reign would witness a massive empowermen­t of unemployed youths within his domain as a measure to curb young men taking to crimes. Also, he promised to ensure that youths within his Ota domain benefit immensely from industrial­isation his community is endowed with.

According to him, “I am ready to engage youths with employment as a measure to take them off the streets from joining bad gangs. So, this is the time to liberate them.

“Though we appreciate people coming from outside to contribute to the industrial growth and developmen­t of our community but I can’t imagine Ota, being the industrial hub of the country and our teeming unemployed youths can’t benefit from the industrial­isation our various communitie­s within Aworiland can’t benefit from, because we can see people coming from outside the community to get jobs here.”

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