The Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi has called on National Assembly to define the roles of the traditional rulers in the Constitution of the country to ensure effective administration of their people.
Professor Akinwumi made the disclosure during the 2022 Ekinrin Adde Community Development Association Day AECDA, held yesterday at Ekinrin Adde, in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi state.
He stated that, monarchs would be able to deal with the characters, aspiration and challenges of their people, if their roles are spelt out in the Constitution.
He said, with the combination of both tradition and divine powers, the monarchs would be able to use their enormous influence on the people in galvanizing national development.
He decried the present situation, where much is expected of the royal fathers to solve society challenges without a define roles in the Constitution.
He said, until, Traditional institution is made functional through constitutional provisions, the country will continue to move in circles.
According to him” The Traditional rulers are the custodians of culture and traditions of their people. They command both tradition and divine powers of their ancestors. The people believes them as the representatives of their ancestors, hence, their words attract respect from the subjects.”
“If these powers are backed by the Constitution, most of the societal challenges facing the country will be solved.
” The Chiefs knows everyone, both the indigenes and strangers in their domains, who are on a better standing to deal with different characters in the domain.
“Unfortunately, with their important roles in shaping the society, they lacked constitutional backing to execute their mandates”, he suggested.
Recalled that Ekirin Adde Day is an annual event for all sons and daughters to chart development agenda for the progress of the communities.
In a remark, the paramount ruler of Ekinrin Adde, HRM, Oba Anthony Bamigbaiye Idowu, commended the people for their resilience in making the occasion tick.
He applauded the people for their efforts in executing and attracting Community development projects, appealed for collective aspiration in moving the communities forward.
Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines, the National President of AECDA Wilson Abiodun Olorunleke disclosed that the community is noted for executing legacy projects, which ranges from schools, health facilities and upgrading of roads that have improved the well-being of the people.
He noted that the previous occasions, outsiders were invited to lend support for the community, saying, the 2022 Day, was essentially for the sons and daughters to come together to contribute to the development of their communities.
He commended the citizens , who came from far and near to be identified with their fathers land , and urged those who could not physically attend, to continue to give their support to the community
Similarly, the President of AECDA in the United Kingdom, Deji Toba, urge all indigenes of Ekinrin Adde to be associated with the community in attracting development projects to the area.
Highlights of the Occasion, was the presentation of awards and chieftaincy titles to deserving indigenes who have contributed immensely to the socio- economic transformation of the area, among who is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ally, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, while Music and dance by various cultural troupes were handy to entertain the guests.