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A traditional  ruler from  IMO State, Igwe  Eze Chimamkpa,  has called for the  alteration of the 1999 Constitution  to create a  role  for traditional rulers  given their  closeness  to the people  at the  grassroots.

He made the call recently at the House of Representatives Open Legislative Week in Abuja, tagged, ‘Demand for Constitutional Role for Traditional Rulers in the country.’

Our correspondent reports that the  forum  offered  an opportunity  for  citizens to interface  with the  law makers on divers  issues  affecting  good  governance.

The royal  father, while  discussing the  role of traditional  rulers in strengthening democracy, said that,  with spelt out constitutional roles, traditional  rulers could  help  reduce  the problem  of insecurity.

He  added  that finance was the main  challenge hindering  traditional  institutions  from  tackling insecurity, adding “If you  are  not  financially buoyant as a traditional ruler, then you cannot do much for the  people  and  the  country.”

In the same  vein, the  President of the  Nigerian  Bar Association (NBA), Yakubu Maikyau,  in his contribution  said that  traditional  institutions were very  important  and critical  for the sustenance of security  in the country.

According to him,  traditional rulers  required  funds to function  effectively  and perform  well and stressed  the  need for  adequate  legislative  framework for  traditional  institutions to operate.

Chairman, House Committee on Inter-Governmental Affairs, Nwachukwu Chukwugozi, said the open legislative session was strategic and timely.

He added that traditional rulersarecloser to the grassroots  and are supposed to  benefit  from the democratic  dividends, pointing out that  they  operate  in all the  nooks  and crannies  of Nigeria.

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