The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has installed Oba Olufemi Sodeinde as the first Olu of Iju Ota in Iju/ Atan/ Ilogbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State.
Governor Amosun, while presenting the staff of office and instruments of appointment to the monarch at Nawarudeen Primary School, Iju Ota said the upgrading of the erstwhile Baale to a coronet monarch was divine as his appointment would further enhance the socio-economic development of the community.
The Governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko congratulated sons and daughters of Iju- Gbalefa of the Owu Kingdom for the appointment, acknowledging the royal blessings from the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu and prescribed authority to the stool.
He charged the monarch to see his upgrading from Baale to a coronet Oba as a call to serve his people as well as an avenue to mobilize them for the socio-economic development of the community, saying they should embark on more projects to complement State government efforts.
“Kabiyesi, by your upgrading from Baale to a part III Oba, you have become a beaded king, by this appointment you are expected to rule your people with diligence and collaborate with necessary authority towards moving the community forward.
“You should continue to champion all efforts that can enhance peaceful co-existence with other neighbouring townships and cooperate with other royal fathers within Ado-Odo Ota Local Government area in order to justify the mandate repose in you by the State government and the entire Iju Ota community,” Amosun said.
Oba Olufemi Sodeinde in his acceptance speech promised to use his wealth of experience to enhance rapid growth of the community in line with the rebuilding mission of the present administration.
Dignitaries present at the event included the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; Olowu of Owu, Oba Olusanya Dosunmu and the State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun among other personalities.