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Nigeria: Senate Seeks Constitutional Role for Traditional Rulers

| June 1, 2012 More

The Senate today considered a Bill seeking constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the country. The Senate before now had taken the 1st reading of the Bill.

The Bill titled National Council of Traditional Rulers (Est.etc) Bill 2012, was sponsored by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa state), and seeks to confer constitutional powers on traditional rulers, so as to make them responsible and accountable to government.

According to Senator Adamu, the National Assembly was conscious of the need to provide constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the on-going constitutional amendment, due to their closeness to the grassroots and in the face of recent security challenges in the country.

Lending his voice to the one-sided debate, Senator Abdul Ningi (Bauchi state), said the traditional rulers must first have constitutional powers and the backing of government, even before they begin to exercise their traditional roles.

“Every section of this country started with the traditional institutions. If we are to make progress in life, we must know where we are coming from. What we are trying to do is to reflect and create an enabling environment for traditional institutions, so that they can be relevant, responsible and accountable to the government”.

Category: Bauchi State News

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