The Edo State Government Executive Council has given the green light to enforce 1979 legislation concerning local council administration. This move ushers in a novel approach wherein all traditional rulers within the state’s 18 local government areas will receive regular stipends to administer their respective domains.
In an official statement, Osarodion Ogie, Esq., the Secretary to the Edo State Government, revealed that this decision emerged from the Executive Council meeting held at the Government House in Benin City.
Ogie highlighted, “The Council agreed on establishing a traditional council in each of the state’s 18 local government areas. According to the law, the Oba of Benin will retain the permanent role of chairman for both the Edo State Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs and the Benin Traditional Council. The latter serves as the overarching entity for the Edo South Traditional Council.”
“The allocation is designed to empower the traditional rulers in these 18 LGAs, enabling them to carry out their mandated responsibilities, which encompass fostering social harmony, preserving traditions, and fostering peaceful coexistence within diverse communities,” he elaborated.
He also emphasized, “The Edo EXCO reaffirmed that the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, will continue as the permanent chairman of both the Edo State Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs and the umbrella council in the Edo South Senatorial District. The financial provisions for the Benin Traditional Council will operate independently from the funding allocated to all other traditional councils within the state’s local government areas.”
“The Executive Council acknowledged that this development will enable the various traditional leaders in different local government areas to fulfill their roles within their domains effectively. Collaborating with pertinent stakeholders, they will uphold tranquillity, monitor local affairs, and accelerate grassroots advancement,” he continued.
He added, “This fresh framework will also contribute to strengthening governance at the grassroots level, fostering a closer connection between the government and the populace, facilitating feedback on community requirements, and identifying and assisting the most vulnerable residents in remote and underserved communities across the State.”