The Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Wednesday, threw his weight behind the 25 year imprisonment bill passed by the State House of Assembly to curb the activities of land grabbers popularly called Omo-Onile in the state.
The State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill into law barring land grabbers from claiming ownership of landed property that does not belong them, with 25 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.
Amosun while reacting to the bill shortly after the inauguration of The Olu of Ilaro, the Paramount ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle as the new Chairman of Ogun state council of Obas, held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, stressed that the bill on land grabbers was passed into law by the State’s Assembly at the right time.
He called on all the Obas present at the event that, they have a crucial role to play in curbing the menace of land grabbers.
” we believe that our Kabiesi have a role to play in curbing the excesses of Omo onile, and really appreciate the Speaker and the members of Ogun state House of Assembly , 25 years is very good” , Amosun said.
Amosun , who promised that his administration would continue to support the council of Obas, charged the monarch to provide lands for investors in the state
According to him, “our traditional rulers have a role to play in the land matters, we need to encourage investors in the acquisition of land ”
“Our new chairman, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle will no doubt receive our total corporations and commitment in ensuring that the Ogun state traditional council of Obas continue to thrive .”
The new Chairman, Oba Olugbenle maintained that the traditional council of Obas would continue to support the government of Amosun.
The Oba said, “We, as traditional rulers, we shall continue to support your government, in ensuring an enabling peaceful environment, for you to deliver on your mandate of good governance and dividends of Democracy “.
On his part, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko, thanked Governor Amosun for making the event a reality.