‘Otun Quarters To Get Onikotun Soonest’, Chief S.A Durojaye, Olori Otun Of Ota
The Olori Otun of Ota, Chief S.A Durojaye has said that Otun quarters will have a new Onikotun as soon as possible. He said this while appearing on the Awori Kitigbe segment of Igba Owuro on Hebron 95.9fm, anchored by Olulana Mayowa.
Chief Durojaye while responding to question on the criteria for selecting a new Onikotun of Ota, he said, “one of the criteria is education as it has become a unifying standard in selecting Chiefs and Obas in Ota and Ogun State in recent times”. He said that though the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria and the Chieftancy laws of Ogun State did not stipulate any educational standard but the problem which they are currently faced with in Awori land has made it an eye opener for them to make sure that anyone who is to be selected for any position must not be an illiterate.
On the recent upgrade of Quarter Chiefs to Coronet Obas in Ota, Chief Durojaye emphasized the need for the upgrade, citing that the late Olota of Ota has been in the front burner of the upgrade because they were seen as minority within the council of Obas in the state. He only frowned at the timing which is the basis for the public outcry that the upgrade may be connected to the recent Obaship brouhaha in Iju, Ota.
The Olori Otun debunked the rumour that there has been consultations on behalf of the incoming Onikotun of Otun, Ota. He said that there hasn’t been any consultation on behalf of the Onikotun in that they did not want to make negotiation that would not please the new Onikotun.
While answering question on the recent criticism surrounding the interview that Senator Gbolahan Dada granted Punch newspaper on the illiteracy level of the Aworis, Chief Durojaye said that the Senator may not be completely wrong in that Western Secondary education got to the area in the 60’s which was almost 40 years after the Egbas had gotten their own Secondary education. He added that despite the fact that the Aworis in Ota tasted Secondary education late, some of them did not appreciate the need to be educated or to train their children.
The Olori Otun attributed infrastructural deficit in the community to deliberate negligence from the State government, despite the fact that the community plays host to several industries that gives the State most of its internally generated revenues.