Nigeria’s Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and six other prominent Nigerians were being bestowed with chieftaincy titles of Iyin-Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area in Ekiti State, southwest of Nigeria.
Others, aside from the Senate President are former Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Major-General Bamidele Olawumi and his wife who are indigenes of the town, an Israeli, Him Hille and his wife, Mr Ayodeji Adeosun and Mrs Veronica Ndanusa.
The traditional ruler of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye; the Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, disclosed this on Friday, September 10, addressing journalists in Iyin-Ekiti on a week-long anniversary commemorating his ascending on the throne.
Oba Ajakaiye said the conferment of the chieftaincy titles was in recognition of the recipient’s contributions to the development of the community and the country at large and part of activities marking his first year coronation anniversary.
According to the traditional ruler, other activities lined up for the anniversary include the N500 Million launching of the Palace Development Fund, medical and optical checks.
Other activities include the treatment and surgery for the people and football competitions, among others.
He called on sons and daughters of the town, both at home and in diaspora, to always contribute their quota to the development of the community.
Speaking on the anniversary, which will commence on Monday, September 13, the Secretary of the Oluyin-in-Council, Chief Opeyemi Arije, noted that the town has witnessed tremendous peace and development for the last one year of the new traditional ruler’s reign.
Chief Arije, who doubles as the Secretary to the Local Organising Committee of the anniversary, said the community was witnessing a new dimension of development.
“Our traditional ruler has given a facelift to the palace by providing an office for Oluyin in Council and mini-conference hall.
“Oba Ajakaiye has also facilitated and commissioned five motorised boreholes donated by indigenes, supported the creation of LCDA and its headquarters in Iyin-Ekiti as well as equipped its Secretariat.
“He also ensures that the only bank in the town was reopened six months after it was attacked by armed robbers,” Chief Arije said.