Mbah Inaugurates Traditional Rulers Council, Urges Security Role

Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah and members of newly inaugurated Traditional 8th rulers council in Enugu

The Enugu State governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has inaugurated the 8th Council of the Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, charging royal fathers to take charge of their communities’ security through government partnerships.

Chairman of the Council, Igwe Samuel Asadu, assured that traditional rulers would support the administration’s vision, mobilize against insecurity, and ensure the success of the government.

Governor Mbah, who inaugurated the council on Monday at the House of Chiefs Chamber of the Enugu State House of Assembly Complex, emphasized that the functions of the traditional institution extend beyond cultural custodianship to fostering peace, unity, and serving as the eyes and ears of the government.

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“We are also taking this opportunity to remind ourselves that beyond being the custodians of our tradition and culture, you are also the ears and eyes of the government in your various communities so that when we talk about security challenges we are having in communities, we expect to work with you in partnership to address those security challenges,” he said.

The governor further enjoined the royal fathers to work closely with the government and their subjects, serving as agents of positive change in a way that their subjects would understand and appreciate the government’s policies on education, infrastructure, healthcare, security, and general wellbeing.

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Highlighting impactful projects, Governor Mbah noted the administration’s deliberate steps to ensure no child of learning age is denied quality education through the 260 smart green schools across the 260 electoral wards. He emphasized that education and skills training are essential weapons against insecurity.

He said the administration’s programmes would be difficult to accomplish if traditional rulers continue to live outside their communities, as they are crucial for community development.

Congratulating the new council, State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Okey Ogbodo, explained that the selection process was based on fidelity, integrity, and commitment to the government’s development programmes, in line with section 3(1) of the state traditional rulers law.

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Reacting, Council Chairman Igwe Asadu pledged not to disappoint the state and highlighted the governor’s achievements, including providing water in Enugu within 180 days and initiating the first state-financed project in their community’s history.