The Oyo State Government has revealed its decision to increase the membership of the panel to review the 1957 declaration of the Olubadan of Ibadanland from seven to 11.
The State Government explained that the membership expansion was necessitated by the need to accommodate more concerned stakeholders in Ibadanland and the inclusion of additional views of more interested parties on the Olubadan chieftaincy issues in line with its Ajumose philosophy.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bimbo Kolade, who stated this at the weekend, noted that the views being posited by concerned individuals have increased the tasks of the panel members, which necessitated the inevitable increase to accommodate a wider perspective in order to ensure a thorough job by the panel.
Kolade said that the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, had at different fora stated that the review of the declaration was not targeted at any individual but to facilitate the development, modernisation and dynamism in the traditional chieftaincy system in Ibadanland and the state in general.
He stated that Governor Ajimobi is committed to the review in transparent manner as part of his modernisation efforts in Oyo State, noting that the existing members of the panel as well as those to join them are individuals with integrity who will do justice to the review without fear, favour or sentiments.
Kolade added that the new members of the panel will be inaugurated next week in order to keep tabs of the activities of their colleagues earlier sworn in, assuring that there will be no government interference in the review panel’s activities.
It would be recalled that Governor Ajimobi had on May 19 inaugurated a seven-man judicial commission of inquiry headed by a retired High Court judge, Justice Akintunde Boade, to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland.