The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed a bill to amend the principal law, Cap 28, The Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The bill was passed by the state lawmakers during their plenary meeting on Wednesday.
The bill was passed into law following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Local Government and State Honors.
The Daily Post recalls that the executive branch of government in the state under the leadership of Engineer Sei Makinde had initiated plans to amend section 28(1) of the CAP 28 Laws, the flagship law of the state 2000.
Makinde said in a letter addressed to MPs that the amendment to the law was needed as a result of agitation by some high chiefs.
“As part of the ongoing efforts of the present administration to specify the chiefship 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 a result of the agitation of several high chiefs over the issue of the beaded crown and the amount of litigation and resentment within the communities in the kingdom.
The amendment was handled by the Local Government and Chiefs Affairs Committee.
However, state lawmakers have passed the bill into law.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, commended the committee for working thoroughly.
Ogundoyin described the amendment as a good development that would give the governor discretionary power with respect to headship holders entitled to wear beaded crowns.
oyo assembly passes major amendment bill in law