In an event which took place at the Michael Okpara Auditorium of Government House, Umuahia, no fewer than 29 new traditional rulers have been presented Staff of Office by Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.
During the occasion, governor Ikpeazu charged the royal fathers to stop any act that will slow the growth or interest of their immediate communities and local government areas.
While presenting the Staff of Office, the Governor stated that the Ezeship stool represents the fourth tier of government and urged them to serve in their various communities as custodians of the culture and traditions of the people.
Ikpeazu equally charged them to take responsibility for the security and economic development of their immediate communities.
“It is your duty to bring to government’s knowledge anything that will improve lives of the people”.
Other issues the Governor talked about include, encouraging traditional rulers to join forces with the government in sensitizing the people and ensuring they implement the relevant COVID-19 protocols, while also warning them against subversive acts that are capable of tarnishing the traditional institutions and create clogs in the State’s wheel of progress.
In his speech, the Abia State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief G. C. Onyendilefu, said that the event marks the end of a painstaking journey of electing Traditional Rulers in their various communities.
The Commissioner urged them to live in peace and harmony with members of their communities and work in tandem with the state government policies.