Dapo Abiodun urges Traditional rulers to register with the state government
⊕The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, warned baales who are yet to register with the state government to desist from parading themselves as legitimate or face the consequences.
Governor Abiodun, who made this known during the 5th Oko Ilu Day Celebration of the Ogun State Council of Baales, held in Abeokuta, noted that his administration would continue to see those who are yet to register as illegitimate baales.
” I heard there are 1,700 Baales that are registered in the state. I also heard that there are still over 1,700 yet to be registered. I want to implore those who are yet to register to do so, as our administration will see them as illegitimate Baales, let them go and meet their prescribed authorities so they can also become legitimate Baales,” he said.
Abiodun also disclosed that his administration would discuss with the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state the need to have a payment structure for baales in the state.
He added that his administration would also look at a way of funding the traditional council and ensure that a particular percentage of the funding is appropriated towards baales in the state.
He, however, charged the Council of Baales to educate their subjects on the need to collect their Permanent Voter’s Card.
Abiodun further urged them not to allow any form of thuggery within their environments.
While calling on the Council of Baale’s to support his second-term ambition, Abiodun said that they shouldn’t hand the state over to anyone who has nothing to offer
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ganiyu Hamzat, while speaking on the issue of multiple baales in the state, noted that the issue, which had led to a pocket of tension, thereby making life unbearable for the law-abiding citizens of the state, had led to the placing on hold of installation of Baales in the state.