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Bauchi Speaker Advocates Constitutional Roles for Traditional Rulers


By Ahmed Ahmed

The Speaker Bauchi State House of Assembly Abubakar Suleiman has advocated for the inclusion of constitutional roles of the traditional rulers in the planned constitutional amendment by the National Assembly.

He made the advocacy during the 20th Anniversary of District Head of Bashe in Burra District, Alhaji Usman Idris Usman Parda at Kafin Lemo in Ningi Local government area of the State.

He said traditional rulers are custodian of cultural heritage, peace, unity and vehicle through which government reach the people, are being relegated by the constitution

He added that as no power or role is assigned to them which is worsening the insecurity being faced in the country.

“Many years ago, traditional rulers had a central role and power in the affairs of the society.

“They are closer to people and know whoever comes in and out of their domain, in the process, they fish out any criminal element trying to reside in their domain.

“These roles and powers are withdrawn but I must commend the District Head of Burra and Village Head of Bashe for appointing Fulani Heads (Hardo) in the area whom I believe will help you in surveillance and securing your domains.

“I therefore call on all traditional rulers in the State to copy from you. I also call on members of the National Assembly to look at these important roles being played by the traditional institutions in the country and make sure Nigeria’s Constitution recognises them” He explained.

The speaker congratulated the traditional rulers , Alhaji Usman Idris Parda on his 20th anniversary on the ancestral throne and all traditional title holders.

He also advised the people of the area to strictly adhere to NCDC’s safety protocols against covid-19 pandemic which he said is resurging.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad said his administration holds traditional institutions with high esteem thus the reason he always accord them due respect.

Represented by the Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs Honourable Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki congratulated the Bashe monarch Alhaji Usman Parda for his 20th anniversary and prayed to Almighty Allah to continue guiding him.

He wondered about the condition of Kafin Lemo Primary School despite the massive renovations of schools embarked across by the present administration and pledged to work with the Speaker to ensure it’s renovation by the Government soon.

On the collapse of electricity poles and theft of the wires by vandals, the Governor said he is pained by the incident and pledged to repair the electricity and restore light in the areas through the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, next week.

In his remarks, the Village Head of Bashe Alhaji Usman Idris Usman Parda thanked all the dignitaries and people that attended the event which he said has deeply touched him.

He particularly thanked the people of Bashe for their support and loyalty throughout his 20-year reign and assured them that with their continued support and prayers,saying he will continue to do more toward the development of the area.

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