Edo State Government’s Executive Council has given approval for the enactment of a 1979 Law pertaining to local council administration. This decision heralds a new approach, wherein all traditional rulers within the state’s 18 local government areas will receive monthly allowances for the purpose of overseeing their respective domains.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, Esq., this resolution was formulated during a meeting of the Executive Council held at the Government House in Benin City.
Ogie elucidated, stating that “The Council has decided that there will be a traditional council established in each of the state’s 18 local government areas. In accordance with the law, the Oba of Benin will retain his position as the permanent chairman of both the Edo State Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs, as well as the Benin Traditional Council. The latter serves as the overarching body for the Edo South Traditional Council.”
The provision of these allowances is intended to empower traditional rulers in the 18 local government areas to fulfill their prescribed duties. These responsibilities encompass fostering social harmony, maintaining peace, upholding traditional vigilance, and promoting harmonious coexistence within diverse communities.
Ogie further noted, “The Edo Executive Council restated that the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, remains the permanent chairman of the Edo State Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs, as well as the enduring head of the umbrella council in Edo South Senatorial District. The budget and financial support for the Benin Traditional Council will be entirely independent from the funding allocated to all other traditional councils across the local government areas in the state.”
The Executive Council emphasized that this development will empower various traditional rulers across the local government areas to effectively discharge their roles within their domains. They will collaborate with other pertinent stakeholders to uphold peace, establish order, and accelerate grassroots development.
Additionally, this new organizational structure is set to enhance governance at the grassroots level, enabling the government to establish stronger connections with the populace, receive input regarding their needs, and identify and support the most vulnerable individuals in remote and underserved communities throughout the state.
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