21st March, 2012
The Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Taiwo Kolawole, has disclosed that he was considered for a chieftaincy title by the traditional ruler of Ojo area of Lagos, Oba Galib Adeniyi Rufai, because of his gesture to the people of Badagry Division of the state.
Kolawole, whose constituency, Ajeromi-Ifelodun 1, falls within the division, said he did not lobby for the chieftaincy title of Bobanguwa of Ojo Kingdom which was bestowed on him by the trditional ruler.
Speaking after the coronation ceremony, the Deputy Speaker disclosed that contrary to the belief in some quarters that the traditional institution had been bastardised, traditional rulers these days are beginning to see the need to streamline the award of honour to people.
According to him, many traditional rulers now give honour to those who truly merit them rather than “those who do not know their left from their right hands.
“It is not everyone that can be honoured, so when such honour comes one’s way, one has to give thanks to God.
“Sincerely they didn’t ask for anything from me, they know I have done a lot of things along this corridor that would surprise people and this may have been the reason for being honoured.
“That is why when young lawmakers come to me for advice, I tell them that there is no other secret to success as a lawmaker than to be open and be ready to assist their people.
“This is because, if you don’t assist them, they would hate you and would never want to see you again. My people know that my doors are always open.”
He said the honour would motivate him to do more for the people of his constituency and the state.
Kolawole further said part of the reason the House aimed to reform the local government administration in the state was to further strengthen the traditional institution which cannot be wished away.
“The traditional institution is already benefiting from the arbitration law through which they could handle cases rather than for the aggrieved to resort to the courts,” he explained.
The traditional ruler also honoured the Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, with the title of Agba Akin of Ojo Kingdom, but he was not at the venue as he was said to be out of the country.