Ekiti Government has approved the upgrading of the traditional ruler of the central nerve of Ekiti East Local Government, Omuooke Ekiti from grade C to grade B.
Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Akin Omole, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday that the approval was given on Wednesday.
He said it was part of decisions taken at the valedictory meeting of the State Executive Council sequel to the White Paper on Justice Aladejana Chieftaincy Review Commission’s recommendations of 2019.
Among the Oba listed for upgrade was the stool of the Olomuooke of Omuooke Ekiti occupied by the chairman of the majority Obas in Ekiti State, His Royal Majesty, Oba Valentine Adebayo Otitoju (Odundun Asodedero 1).
Omole listed the other Obas upgraded to Grade A+ as the Alare of Are and Onigede of Igede both in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area.
Also upgraded to Grade A+ was the Olode of Ode in Gboyin Local Government Area and Olukoro of Ikoro in Ijero Local Government Area.
He said 21 Oba were upgraded to Grade A.
They include the Onise of Odo-Oro, the Alawo of Awo, Alayegunle of Ayegunle, Alayetoro of Ayetoro, Elerio of Erio and the Olohan of Erijiyan.
The Olufaki of Ifaki, the Onigbemo of Igbemo, the Ojurin of Ijurin and the Apeju of Ilupeju are among other Oba elevated to Grade A.
The commissioner listed Oba elevated to Grade B to include the Alaaye of Aaye, the Olaja of Araromi-Oke, the Alasin of Asin, and the Owa of Ayegbaju.
They also include Onikun of Ikun-Oba, the Ajagun of Ilumoba, the Oluroye of Iroko and the Owajumu of Omu.
Omole emphasised that the ratification of the appointments was made after clearance with the State Ministry of Justice.
Reacting to the development, indigenes of Omuooke Ekiti have congratulated the monarch and people of Omuooke Ekiti.
A chartered accountant, Lanre Adenusi wrote: “Congratulations to HRH, the OlomuoOke – Ekiti on this well deserved elevation. More wins in Jesus Name.”
A former chairman of Ekiti East Local Government, Honourable Ogundana Sikiru Sunday in his congratulatory message wrote: Congrats to all OMUOOKIANS, More wins IJMN.
An officer with the Nigerian Immigration Service, Ibitoye Bidemi Victor wrote: “Congratulations on your elevation Oba V.A Otitoju (The Olomuooke of Omuooke Èkìtì). May your reign continue to bring peace of mind, progress, success to Omuooke sons and Daughters both home and abroad and visitors in the community. I celebrate you my Royal father. Congratulations Kabiyesi The Odundun Asode Dero 1).”