By Precious Oluwole
It was a colorful gathering at the palace of Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom on Friday, as the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji was installed as the “Baamoye” of Ondo Kingdom.
The speaker alongside 19 others were installed as part of the activities lined up for the 70th birthday and 17th coronation anniversary of the Osemawe of Ondo kingdom, Oba Adesimbo Victor Kiladejo.
The Monarch, while congratulating Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji as well as other Chiefs stated that they were chosen because of their good works and immense contributions to Ondo Kingdom, the State and the Nation at large.
He, however, encouraged them to continue the good works they’ve been known for, as their new honorary chieftaincy title is a call for them to do more for the society.
In his reaction, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji appreciated the Monarch for finding him worthy of the honorary chieftaincy title bestowed on him.
He said ” This is as a result of my contribution to the development of Ondo Kingdom, Ondo State and Nigeria at large”.
“This honorary chieftaincy title is a call to service, it is a big challenge for me to do more for Ondo Kingdom and I’ll continue to support our Monarch on how to move Ondo Kingdom forward”.
The Deputy Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abayomi Akinruntan, while congratulating Oladiji noted that his conferment as Baamoye of Ondo Kingdom is in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities and appreciation of his contribution to the town.
Akinruntan described the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji as a kind-hearted leader and an apostle of peace and order who has facilitated numerous developmental projects in Ondo Kingdom as a lawmaker, stressing that the honorary conferment of the chieftaincy title is undoubtedly merited.
He added that this new feather to Ondo Speaker is indeed a call to service.
Other members of the House of Assembly said the well-deserved honour is a confirmation of his passion for humanity and communal growth.
The Lawmakers described the Speaker as an erudite politician, educationist and a God-fearing man, whose destiny has bestowed on him a lasting legacy.
The coronation had in attendance, different eminent personalities from all walks of life, including Governors from Southwest, Traditional rulers, Senators, business moguls, among others.