- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa wants traditional rulers in Nigeria to be recognised constitutionally
- The governor said the role of the monarchs should be guaranteed in the country's constitution
- Governor Okowa also urged the monarchs to continue their role in peacebuilding across the country
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has joined those advocating that traditional rulers in the country be given constitutional roles in view of their contribution to peacebuilding.
The governor made the call recently while playing host to members of South-South Monarchs' Forum who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
He noted that as a result of the roles traditional rulers play in engendering peace in their various domains, a place should be provided for them in the constitution of the country.
“It is important that a place is actually provided for them in the constitution of this country.”
Some Nigerians who commented on the Twitter page of the governor agreed with his posturing on the constitutional roles for monarchs.
Bright Tosan wrote:
“I join the Delta state governor to appreciate our royal fathers across the south-south region for their key role in promoting development in the region.”
Igweh Jenny wrote:
“God will continue to bless His Excellency. Traditional rulers need to play a vital role in the development of the region.”
Mohammed Muri wrote:
“They are really trying in terms of peaceful coexistence between communities in the state. They deserved this accolade.”
Laudable Bukata wrote:
“Great and laudable Your Excellency. Because it is obvious that our traditional rulers are the citadel of peace in their various kingdoms. Because it is their paramount obligation to ensure the peaceful coexistence of their people.”
Inije Rukevwe wrote:
“I join the Delta state government to welcome members of the south-south monarchs forum. Our royal fathers should join in fostering peace in our communities.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), saying that instability in the commission’s board has contributed to the systemic institutional failure of the interventionist agency.
Okowa made the call in Asaba on Thursday, December 3 at the launch of a book written by Dr. Michael Tidi, who is the chairman of Warri South local government council in Delta state.
The governor opined that the president should constitute an NDDC board that would be accountable and eliminate politicization of the interventionist agency, adding that it was time for Niger Delta people to collectively talk about the commission.
In a related development, a federal high court in Abuja has granted an order to investigate the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and the five members of the embattled NDDC interim management committee over allegations of N3 billion contract fraud.
In suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020, Justice Mohammed, in a ruling on an application by a Civil Society Organisation Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, restrained the affected officials from parading themselves as board members of the NDDC.
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