By David Odama – Lafia
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said Thursday that granting constitutional roles to traditional institutions in the country will not only address and address the insecurity that plagues the nation, but because they are a permanent feature of the nation’s political organization. .
Speaking at the inauguration of the advisory committee on the role of traditional rulers in Nigerian governance architecture in lafia, Lalong explained that the committee’s establishment was in line with resolutions recently reached at an NGF meeting in Kaduna state.
According to Governor Lalong, there was a need to integrate monarchs into the country’s governance system, adding that the forum’s interface with the presidents of the Council of Traditional Rulers of the Northern States has prompted them to review the issue, thus constituting a committee to study the roles of traditional rulers. rulers in the country.
He said that the fact that traditional institutions are closer to the grassroots will contribute strongly to the fight against insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, youth unrest and other criminal activities.
“In this sense, the roles of our traditional rulers should have a formal role in the country’s governance architecture, even though the issue has been on the table for a long time.” Lalong stated
According to the president of the Forum of Governors of the North, the inauguration of the committee stems from the conscious fact that involving monarchs in government will require constitutional amendments, hence the need to advise the Forum of Governors of the North on the best way to involve the traditional rulers in government.
“We collectively agreed that our Royal Fathers should have formal roles in the governance architecture of the country. Although this has been on the table for a long time, the Forum saw the need to establish this committee to accelerate action.
“We are aware of the fact that giving traditional rulers more roles in governance will require constitutional amendments, hence the creation of this committee to investigate the matter and advise the Northern Governors Forum on how best to pursue this desire.
The specific terms of reference of this Committee are the following:
“Review previously available reports submitted by previous committees, panels, and commissions on the roles of traditional rulers in the governance architecture and advise the Northern States Governors Forum as appropriate.
“Propose defined roles for traditional rulers, particularly in the Governance Architecture of the Northern States and Nigeria. Any other recommendations to help the Forum advance defined roles and responsibilities in the Governance Architecture of Nigeria and the Northern States in particular.
“The Committee has 8 weeks to complete the task and present its report. The Committee’s membership is made up of listed members, ”Governor Lalong said.