Acting Chief Commissioner of the Southern Provinces, G.H Findlay approved the change in title of BALE to OLUBADAN on 18th, June 1936. However, five days on, the then Resident Ward-Price asked that the notification in the gazette be delayed. He explained that “trouble might arise” in future because the present Bale's family might claim to have a right to supply his successors.
Alternatively, a group opposing the Bale could accuse him of usurping this right, even if it was not his actual intention.
This Day 6th of April I934
On 6 April 1934, the Ibadan Native Authority gained official recognition of its independence from the Oyo province. Seven months later, Resident Ward-Price transferred the headquarters of Oyo province back to Ibadan. The return of the Residency to Ibadan during November 1934 inaugurated the city‟s reclaimed sovereignty in both practical and ideological terms. In 1934, Ibadan and its towns were separated from Oyo and the power and responsibility for Ibadan affairs