Four Traditional rulers from different communities in Anambra State have received Certificate of Recognition from the State Government.The certificates were presented to them by Gov. Willie Obiano at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
They are the traditional ruler of Owelle, Anambra West Local Government Area (LGA), Igwe Raymond Omoja, that of Aguluzigbo, Anaocha LGA, Igwe Rufos Iloduba as well as the traditional ruler of Achalla, Awka North LGA, Igwe Sunny Nwokedi, Ogbunka, Orumba South LGA, Igwe Johnmark Anyaoha.Presenting the certificates, Gov. Obiano stressed that his administration would continue to strive for justice in the process of selecting traditional rulers, irrespective of friendship and political divide.
The Governor urged them to run all inclusive tenures by involving youths in the system, so as to meaningfully engage them.
He also maintained that security would remain premium for his government, urging the natural rulers to key in the security measures of the state.
Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Mr Greg Obi explained that the election was duly conducted in line with their customs and tradition.
“We don’t use criteria of money to grant certificates. If it is a poor man that the community elects, the poor man will be the traditional ruler, if he’s a rich man, he becomes. We don’t care about the wealth.
“We give equal opportunity to everyone based on their custom. This Certificate will bring to a total of 57, certificates presented since Gov. Obiano administration,’’ Greg Obi noted.
In their separate advice, a Senator, who represented Anambra Central at the National Assembly and former National Chairman of APGA, Sen. Victor Umeh and the Chairman South East traditional rulers, Igwe Alfred Achebe said it was incomplete for communities to exist without traditional rulers.
They urged the newly elected traditional rulers to embrace peace and use the position to attract more development to their communities.