The Executive Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde has said that an amendment to Section 28 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law 2023 is ready for onward transmission to the State House of Assembly for their legislative consideration and approval.
The Attorney General of Oyo State and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo disclosed this at a press briefing on Friday, shortly after the 4th state excos meeting held at the executive chamber of the governor’s Office.
Oyewo stated that the request the traditional leaders known as Baales made to the governor to wear beaded crowns at different domains across the state, have remained pending for so long because of the inability of the council of Chiefs to meet.
He noted that the absence of the State Council of Chiefs which ought to interface with the governor before granting approvals for such requests, have not also been able to sit for necessary deliberation over a long period of time.
The Attorney General added that these factors necessitated the proposal by the State Executive Council headed by Governor Makinde to amend Section 28 of Oyo State Chiefs Law in order to further improve the process.
He said, the proposed amendment, when fully effective, will empower the state governor as the sole authority without consultations with the Chiefs to grant approvals for wearing of beaded crowns.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, while shedding more light on the proposed amendment bill stated that, “The State Executive Council deliberated on Section 28 Sub Section 1 of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State.
“The law as it is today is that the Governor can only approve application for beaded crown after consultations with Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs but we all know that Council has not met for a very long time now and we have a lot of applications for approval of beaded crowns.
“So, that Section 28 of the law has now been amended to give the governor sole authority to approve application for a beaded crown in Oyo State without consultations,” he added.