Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has called on the National Assembly to grant constitutional functions to Traditional Institution in the country.
Governor Akeredolu while speaking at the Birthday Symposium of the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi said granting constitutional roles for traditional rulers would strengthen the present informal roles of the royal fathers to continue to mobilize their subjects to support peace, progress and security in the land.
The Governor who was Chairman at the Symposium entitled “Addressing Security Challenges As They Affect Grassroots Development in Nigeria: Need for Constitutional Empowerment of Traditional Institutions” acknowledged the informal roles being played by Traditional Institutions in the country.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Governor Akeredolu said that the monarchs had been useful in conflict management, resolution and prevention.
He noted that Traditional Rulers in Ondo State had been playing different roles to stem insecurity in their domains while also overseeing effective communication of government programmes and policies to the grassroots.
The Governor appealed to Traditional Institutions to speak up in unity in the ongoing agitation for Resource Control describing it as a pathway to economic prosperity for states across the federation.
Reporting by Olorunferanmi Odofin; Editing Adeniyi Bakare