The Oyo State House of Assembly has promised to conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment of the State Chiefs Law.
The House of Assembly, made the resolution after the Tuesday Plenary, and also announced to hold a Public Hearing for the Bill Amendment before passing the bill for second reading
This was as the consequence of the approval given by the Oyo State House of Assembly to a letter forwarded by Governor Seyi Makinde requesting fot the amendment of the said Law.
The House has therefore committed the bill to the Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
According to the House, “due to the sensitivity of the bill as it concerns the traditional institutions, every necessary stakeholder including the Government and relevant ministry and the traditional institutions will be invited to be part of the public hearing.
The Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin assured that the present administration will not do anything to undermine the history, culture and tradition of the people of the State.
Hon Adebo Ogundoyin added that the bill will be giving all the attention it deserves.
The Bill is to amend the Chiefs Law, Cap 28, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
“The amendment which will further empower Governor Makinde to specify the Chieftaincy holders entitled to wear the Beaded Crown”.
Also, Section 28, Subsection 1 of the Principal Law will be amended, as Governor Makinde wrote in his letter, “As part of the ongoing efforts of the present administration to specify the Chieftaincy holders entitled to wear Beaded Crowns in Oyo State, the Executive Council has considered the need to amend the Chiefs Law of Oyo State. This is as a result of agitation of many High Chiefs on the issue of Beaded Crowns and the volume of litigation and resentment within communities in the State.
Makinde concluded, “in view of this, I wish to forward the Executive extract on Chiefs (Amendment) Bill, 2023 to the House of Assembly”