On Monday, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, officially presented the staff of office and instrument of office to the newly crowned Elempe of Tapa, Oba Titiloye Oyekanmi. The ceremony was held at Elempale Community High School in Tapa.

Represented by his Deputy, Bayo Lawal, Governor Makinde emphasized the importance of Oba Oyekanmi’s role in fostering unity, peace, and development within the community.

He commended the transparent and law-abiding selection process that led to Oba Oyekanmi’s ascension, praising the community’s dedication to tradition.

The governor urged the new monarch to collaborate with the government on critical issues such as security and economic development.

“I charge you, Oba Oyekanmi, to embrace the responsibilities that come with this exalted position,” Makinde said. “I implore you to work closely with the government to address the pressing needs of this community, including education, healthcare, security, and economic development.”

Governor Makinde also highlighted the need for the new king to address challenges such as kidnapping, banditry, and land grabbing, calling for Oba Oyekanmi’s cooperation and support in combating these issues. “As you begin your reign, I remind you that leadership is a sacred trust that requires wisdom, compassion, and integrity.

Your reign should be characterized by grace, humility, and a deep commitment to the well-being of all,” he advised.

The governor praised the community for its support during the selection process and emphasized the importance of upholding traditional values.

“The selection process that led to Oba Oyekanmi’s ascension to the throne was a testament to our commitment to tradition, transparency, and the rule of law.

This is a great day for Tapa and for all who believe in the enduring power of our customs and traditions,” he added.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Oyekanmi expressed gratitude to God and Governor Makinde for the honor. “This event of today is unprecedented in our community.

What we are witnessing here today is a testimony of your commitment to the sanctity and preservation of our traditions and ethos, on the one hand, and your unflinching regard for those vested with upholding our customs and culture,” he said.

“Tapa Land under my watch will witness tremendous development, peace, and unparalleled growth in the name of God, the very King who governs the affairs of men with truth and without bias.

This instrument of office will further accentuate the place of our great land in the comity of communities.”

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ademola Ojo, described the event as a pivotal moment in Tapa’s history, signifying the transfer of authority and leadership to a new era under the reign of Oba Oyekanmi.