The Kogi State Government says the recent appointment, grading and upgrading of royal fathers in the state is borne out of the sincere desire by government to meet and yield to age long requests from various communities.
The Special Adviser, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr Abubakar Ohere, stated this on the occasion of issuance of appointment letters to one hundred recently appointed, graded and upgraded chiefs in the state.
The Special Adviser who was represented by Engr Victor, said the elevation was also done base on the recommendations from various levels of traditional councils, added that the exercise has become imperative in view of compelling needs for the present administration to address cases of injustice, total neglect of some stools and more importantly to bring about the manifestation of the present administration’s policy of inclusive governance.
Engr Ohere described the exercise as one devoid of inducement and partisan influence, added that the upgrad and grading of stools by the present administration is a continuous exercise asked those who are not beneficiaries in this current exercise to be patient.
Engr. Ohere disclosed that the issuance of letters to the chiefs followed due process as provided for by law No. 23 of 2006 of Kogi State Chiefs, appointment, deposition and establishment of traditional councils.
The era of imposition of unpopular candidates on traditional stools in communities with attendant acrimony and crisis, Engr Ohere disclosed is long gone as the present administration he stated has penchant for compliance with due process and committed to the rule of law.
The Special Adviser charged the Royal Father’s to reciprocate the gesture of their elevation by ensuring that they maintain peace in their domain, by partnering with the new direction agenda of Gov. Yahaya Bello in fighting crimes and criminality, pointing out that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity of lives and properties.
By their elevation, Engr Ohere told the Royal Fathers that they automatically belong to either Kogi state council of chiefs be or as the member of their traditional council as the case maybe.
Towards repositioning the Traditional Institutions, the Special Adviser said Gov Yahaya Bello has approved the production of customized staff of office for chiefs, an idea Engr Ohere said would lay to rest the argument that always ensue among ruling houses during ascension.
The desire of the present administration for positive changes Engr Ohere maintained is geared towards development, has prompted the embarking on meaningful projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people across the state.
Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of letters of appointment to seventeen first class, twenty three second class and sixty third class chiefs.