The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun had alleged that some Traditional Rulers have been found selling lands belonging to the state government and has therefore sent them stern warnings to stop the alleged acts or face the consequences.

Governor Abiodun stated this at the Statutory Meeting of the state's Council of Obas, held at the Oba's Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta recently.

The Governor had warned in the course of the meeting with the Monarchs that his administration would take disciplinary actions against any person found selling land in its forest reserves and plantation across the state. He described the actions of the people, including some Obas who sell government land, as unpatriotic,

"I have found this very difficult to believe. I consider this extremely unpatriotic that our monarchs will now begin to allocate such lands to others, and worse still, in some of the areas, the land is being allocated to non-Ogun State indigenes.

"Our Kabiyesis are colluding with people from outside Ogun State and give our land to them in our plantations and they are coming there, deforesting them. They are destroying the plantation. They are planting Indian Hemp there. I was completely heartbroken when I heard this news, and when we actually verified, it was true.
"As a responsible state government, we will not have any choice but to take disciplinary action against any person found culpable of such an act; any person, be it Kabiyesi or any person.

According to the Governor, his government will take stern steps against the unpatriotic acts of the monarchs because this land does not belong to him and it doesn't belong to the individual monarchs, but " belongs to our collective patrimony; it is our collective property that we own as a state. It is our commonwealth, and we should endeavour to ensure that we do not engage in such acts like this capable of tarnishing the image of the royalty and the throne."

Governor Abiodun however intimated the monarchs of his administration's efforts at bringing in more investors to invest in the State. He further said the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Ogun State Dry Port at Kajola which will be signed between the state government and a private investor before the end of the year, while discussions on the use of the Cargo Airport by Beninoise investors had been held with that country's President.

"It means in Ogun State, we will now have a dry port that will now enable all of us, including our industries and manufacturers, to now ship their goods from anywhere in the world to Kajola. This Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between now and Christmas.

He however expressed gratitude to the Obas for their support during and after the governorship election, calling on them to continue partnering the government in the area of security by providing intelligence report that would help security agencies to perform optimally for the socio-economic development of the state.

In his response, the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, lauded the state government for its developmental stride in all parts of the state, appreciating the governor for his magnanimity to the traditional institution.

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