Paramount ruler of Oyo Kingdom and Chairman; Oyo State Traditional Council, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo officially confirmed Princess Azeezat Folashade Abeo Nurudeen as the new Iyaloja General for Oyo State on Monday.
The coronation ceremony which took place at the Alaafin’s palace had all members of the Oyo State Traditional Council, the new Iyaloja’s admirers, Oyo State Market Leaders Joint Working Committee and a host of others in attendance.
Alhaja Abeo’s confirmation as the new Iyaloja General of Oyo State was subsequent to a letter sent to the monarch on 14th March, 2021 by the Joint Working Committee of Oyo State Market Leaders where eight (8) out twelve (12) various cluster groups comprising of Artisans, Technicians and Traders in Oyo State endorsed her as the new Iyaloja General.
The eight (8) clusters of Oyo State Market Leaders Joint Working Committee, where the Presidents and Secretaries endorsed the candidature of Princess Azeezat include the following:
Canteen Workers Association of Oyo State President and Secretary; Alhaja (Chief) Hamdalat Iyaduni Lawal and Mr Oluwaseun Olaniyan endorsed princess’s candidature on behalf of the association.
Tradesmen and Artisans Association of Oyo State approved her candidature with signatures of Alhaji (Chief) Yisau Kolayode Hamzat and Alhaji Sabitu Akanji Salawu as president and Secretary.
Chief (Mrs.) Patience Labake Lawal and Alfa Waheed Salaudeen signed on behalf of Joint Traders Association of Oyo State as the president and Secretary.
Nigerian Youth Traders Action International endorsed Princess’s candidature with signatures of Alhaji Najimdeen Amole Azeez and Alhaji Kabiru Oladipupo as the president and Secretary.
Oyo State Association of Traders in Nigeria, also in support of her candidature with approval from Mrs. Stella Modupeoluwa Olabisi and Comrade Taofeek Oyewale Alausa as the president and secretary.
Ibadan Joint Traders Association with signatures of its president and Secretary; Mr. Abiodun Adeola and Alfa Kamil Ariyo, while National Traders and Market Leaders Council confirmed her installation with signatures of Alhaja Sikirat Hammed Lawal and Alhaja Funke Ayinde as the president and secretary.
Companion Traders Association of Oyo State also supported the candidature of Princess Abeo with Chief Samson Adeola Afolabi and Alhaja Isiaka Lawal appending their signatures to her conformation as president and secretary respectively.
Performing the coronation exercise, the Alaafin congratulated the new Iyaloja General on the confidence, belief and sincerity that the market leaders have in her, to have suggested and confirmed her for the exalted position after several consultations and deliberations.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi tasked her to maintain her status quo on reasons and factors which necessitated her nomination and installation as the new Iyaloja General for Oyo State, stressing that her pure and genuine disposition to the market leaders’ association will henceforth culminate fruitful and prosperous results.
The Oyo first class monarch hinted that he has written the Oyo state governor; Engr ‘Seyi Makinde about the Installation of Princess Folashade to also confirm her installation based on a near-unanimous decision of the market leaders.
The new Iyaloja General for the state thanked his Imperial Majesty, The Alaafin of Oyo for making time in his packed schedule to make the installation and coronation feasible, promising that she would do the needful to contribute her quota to the growth and development of the various cluster groups that make the association and equally sought for the cooperation of all and sundry in order to attain the best results.