By Magnus Aluma, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftency Matters, Hon. Stephen Igwe has charged traditional Rulers in the State to promote peace and security in their respective domains.
The commissioner gave the charge in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital, during a meeting with Traditional Rulers in the State. He expressed satisfaction with their support to Government policies and urged them to intensify efforts in areas of peace and security, as custodians of the culture and tradition of the people.
The commissioner promised to prioritize their welfare and assured that the meeting would be monthly, for them to always present written reports on progress and challenges in their communities.
In a contribution, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon Paul Nwogha commended the Royal Fathers for their roles in the emergence of Nwifuru, as Governor of Ebonyi State.
He promised that he and the Commissioner would ensure that some of their challenges, including that of welfare, staff of office and communities without traditional rulers are presented to the Governor for consideration. Earlier in a welcome address, the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Ezeogo Charles Mkpuma congratulated the Commissioner and the SSA on their appointments.
He also congratulated Governor Nwifuru on his successful take over as fourth Executive Governor of Ebonyi State. He added that the governor made a right choice in the appointment of Uchenna Igwe as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftency Matters.
The Royal Father said some of their challenges include welfare packages and need to give Staff of office to some traditional rulers, among others. He further pledged their unalloyed support to the Commissioner and the State Governor, Rt Hon Francis Nwifuru, in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Ebonyi State.