Ekiti Govt ends Ogoga/Olukere chieftaincy tussle in Ikere


Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti has been granted autonomy by the Ekiti State Government while the Olukere of Ikere Ekiti Oba Ganiyu Obasanyin who is the head of the community has been recognized as Oba.

This has finally put to rest the age long controversy between the Olukere and Ogoga of Ikere.

Olukere was recognized following the implementation of the white paper on the report of the honourable justice J.B.K Aladejana chieftaincy review commission, 2021.

Government of Ekiti State had established the Honourable Justice J.B.K Aladejana Chieftaincy Review Commission in February 2019 in response to agitations from communities across the 16 Local Governments Areas of Ekiti State for the review of the status of their traditional rulers, existing chieftaincy declarations and requests for autonomous status.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti, the Executive Secretary Bureau of Chieftaincy Matters,
Adegboyega Morakinyo affirmed that the Odo-Oja Community of Ikere-Ekiti submitted a memorandum to the Commission including an application for recognition as an autonomous town and its traditional head as an Oba.

He noted that the Commission found merit in the application and further affirmed the eligibility of the Odo-Oja Community to be recognised as an autonomous town and its traditional head as Oba.

The statement reads “In furtherance of the ongoing review of the implementation of the white paper on the report of the Commission, Government has revisited the recommendation on the application of the Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti. Government accepts the recommendation of the Commission.

The Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti is accordingly granted autonomous status and its traditional head- Olukere is hereby recognized as an Oba.

Below is the full text of the report;

PRESS STATEMENT

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHITE PAPER ON THE REPORT OF THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE J.B.K ALADEJANA CHIEFTAINCY REVIEW COMMISSION, 2021/ IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE ODO-OJA COMMUNITY OF IKERE EKITI AND ITS TRADITIONAL HEAD-OLUKERE.

  1. The Government of Ekiti State established the Honourable Justice J.B.K Aladejana Chieftaincy Review Commission (the Commission) in February 2019 in response to agitations from communities across the 16 Local Governments Areas of Ekiti State for the review of the status of their traditional rulers, existing chieftaincy declarations and requests for autonomous status.
  2. Specifically, the terms of reference of the Commission include:

• Examine the upgrading and otherwise of recognised chieftaincies,

• Look into the autonomy/ recognition of communities,

• Review the merits of the chieftaincy declarations by agitating communities,

• Investigate the customary laws on appointment of all recognised chieftaincies in the State and make recommendations for possible changes in the existing chieftaincy declarations and also suggest guidelines fir the preparation of such documents,

• Look into issues relating to the status of obas and chiefs, their paraphernalia of office and order of precedence,

• Look into the Chieftaincy laws of the State and make specific and general recommendations on chieftaincy matters in the state,

• Examine the upgrading or otherwise of recognised chieftaincies, review autonomies, make recommendations for recognition of agitating communities as independent towns from their mother communities as well as for chieftaincy declaration

  1. Following the submission of the report of the Commission, a white paper committee was constituted in November 2019. The white paper from the report was published in December 2019.
  2. The Odo-Oja Community of Ikere-Ekiti submitted a memorandum to the Commission including an application for recognition as an autonomous town and its traditional head as an Oba. The Commission found merit in the application and further affirmed the eligibility of the Odo-Oja Community to be recognised as an autonomous town and its traditional head as Oba.
  3. In furtherance of the ongoing review of the implementation of the white paper on the report of the Commission, Government has revisited the recommendation on the application of the Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti. Government accepts the recommendation of the Commission. The Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti is accordingly granted autonomous status and its traditional head- Olukere is hereby recognized as an Oba.

Signed

Adegboyega Morakinyo
Executive Secretary
Bureau of Chieftaincy Matters