- Governor Aminu Tambuwal has declared support for more roles to be assigned to traditional rulers in the country
- The Sokoto state governor made his stance known in Asaba, the Delta state government while inaugurating a project
- The project inaugurated by the Sokoto state chief executive is an edifice to be used as a secretariat by monarchs in Delta state
Sokoto state governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has called for an amendment of the Nigerian Constitution to create roles for traditional rulers in the country.
Tambuwal made the call while inaugurating the newly built Delta state traditional rulers' council secretariat in Asaba, on Wednesday, March 24.
He said that in view of the role traditional rulers played in the administration of communities, it has become expedient that a constitutional amendment is made to create a role for them.
The secretariat which is an initiative of the Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration was built by the Delta state government.
Tambuwal commended Governor Okowa for his contributions to the growth of the state and prayed to God to preserve and keep him for greater service to the nation.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted the Sokoto governor as saying:
“I am overwhelmed by what I have seen here in this magnificent building that will accommodate the traditional rulers in this state.
“Traditional rulers are not just traditional institutions but a fountain of wisdom, knowledge, and experience that we drink from in the discharge of our duties as governors.
“We must do everything possible to preserve the traditional institution and bring back the diminishing glory of the institution.
“We at the Northern Governor's Forum, we have decided to support a constitutional amendment to give traditional rulers a place in the governance of this nation and we seek the support of the Southern Governors in this regard.”
Okowa, in his remarks, appreciated the traditional rulers for their regular advice and usual support to his administration and pledged the continued support of the state government to the traditional institution.
“Delta traditional rulers have never criticised us publicly but they will rather send delegations to us to advise us on certain critical issues and I must thank you publicly for this.”
Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, Obi Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, said traditional rulers in the state were full of joy on the successful completion and inauguration of the secretariat.
He assured of the continued support of the traditional rulers to the stronger Delta agenda of the Okowa administration.
Recall that Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Tuesday, March 2 inaugurated two roads and school projects constructed by Governor Okowa in the Warri area of Delta state.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government noted that the projects are in Warri South local government area, Uvwie local government area, and Ighogbadu Secondary School, in the commercial town of Warri.
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Speaking at the event, Governor Diri lauded Okowa for linking communities in oil-rich Warri with motorable roads and providing functional schools.
In a related development, the Delta state government, on Friday, January 22 approved the widening and rehabilitation of the 2.1 kilometres Orhunwhorun road in Udu local government area of the state at a total cost of N398.2 million.
The decision was taken at the first state executive council meeting for the year 2021 which was presided by Governor Okowa.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.