The Oyo State government on Friday concluded a two-day training on peace-building and conflict management for traditional rulers, politicians and other stakeholders in Oyo State.
The state government made this effort to further promote harmony between the traditional rulers and political functionaries, as well as to accelerate development across the state.
The training which was organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters was held in Ibadan, the state capital.
While declaring the training open, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said the timing of the event was apt considering the forthcoming election in the country.
He maintained that the role and relevance of the traditional institution in good governance and democratic processes cannot be underestimated.
Barrister Olaleye, who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Joel Ajagbe, commended the monarchs, saying the training was aimed at stemming the tide of rising conflicts in some parts of the state and further promoting peace.
In his words: “One of the ministry’s major functions was to ensure harmony between the local government political functionaries and traditional rulers which has been abandoned for decades, hence the present government under the leadership of Gov. ‘Seyi Makinde’s approval of the training for the local governments in the state to experience reasonable development.
“Traditional leaders are the custodians of cultural values, norms, informal rules, code of conduct and conventional practices that established governance before the colonial era, therefore the relationship between them and political functionaries has to be cordial for any development to take place at the grassroot”, Olaleye added.
The commissioner further noted that the concept of the training was in line with the state government’s initiative for enhancing peace in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the political functionaries, the State ALGON Chairman, Hon Sikiru Sanda, said the strategic training will engender potential for peace between the monarchs and political functionaries.
In the meantime, the Okere of Saki, HRM Khalid Olabisi in his remark, thanked Governor ‘Seyi Makinde for approving such a remarkable programme at a time when Nigeria is preparing for general elections.