By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said that traditional rulers in the State are the members of the fourth tier of government. He directed that distribution of fertilizer and other farm input in the state should be carried out with the traditional rulers playing relevant roles.
The Governor who gave the directive at Michael Okpara auditorium, Umuahia while swearing-in HRH, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke as the new Chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional rulers, also directed the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, under Gabriel Onyendilefu to work in synergy with the royal fathers. He thus urged the royal fathers to study his government policies in order to interpret it to their subjects which would in return will benefit the rural dwellers.
He also urged the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to develop a framework that would create more roles for the royal fathers, while thanking them for their prayers during his COVID 19 sick period.
Responding to the governor’s address, the new Chairman of the traditional rulers, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke promised to uphold the integrity of the traditional institution in the State and to sustain unity among the royal fathers with a view to promoting development of rural communities.
Nwabeke also eulogized Governor Ikpeazu for his giant strides in good governance. Enyi of Aba, Eze Isaac Ikonne, Eze John Akaliro of Ozuitem among other traditional rulers attended the event.