Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017


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The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) has commended the newly installed Amayanabo of Okochiri town, in Okrika local government area of Rivers State, HRM King Ateke Michael Tom for truly embracing peaceful option in resolving the Niger Delta question, assuring that the federal government was sincerely committed to the sustainable peace, stability and development of the region under a peaceful atmosphere.

Gen. Boroh, who led a high powered delegation from the Presidential Amnesty Office to Okochiri town to honour the former militant leader during his official coronation, applauded King Ateke Tom, for his peace building efforts in the community and the state at large, saying that the Presidential Amnesty Office was so proud to identify with him on his day of honour and conferment as new King by his people whom he has always stood for in time past.

The Presidential aide also commended the Rivers state government for the official recognition of the stool, noting that traditional leaders, being the custodians of the sacrosanct rich cultural heritage, which includes the valuable traditions, practices, knowledge and skills, that stem from the long history of the Okrika people, having interacted with many other cultural and economic backgrounds.

He opined that while local government was responsible for the provisions of basic amenities at the grassroots level, the roles of traditional leadership and institutions should be incorporated as integral component of harmonizing the relationships between traditional rulers and at the state level in assigning specific roles to play in the rural economy.

Gen. Boroh, who called for effective co-operative governance at the grassroots, maintained that such system of administration at the community level would further deepen co-operation, healthy interpersonal communication and better consultation between all organs of state and the traditional institutions.

According to the Amnesty boss, democratization of governance, decision-making, law making processes and decision implementation, would be impracticable without an effective participation traditional rulers, particularly in the development of traditional communities, pointing out that it would be inappropriate to lessen the powers of traditional rulers, particularly in matters of governance, as traditional leaders control vital resources such as land and play very important roles in service delivery in the rural areas.

While thanking the people of Okochiri community for installing King Ateke Tom as their leader, he enjoined the community to rally round the new King to foster peace and harmony in the community.

“The reason, being that traditional institution in any community remains the voice that articulates and translates the aspirations and interests of the people on matters of rural development and governance and as such the traditional institution cannot be immune to change and transformation”, Gen. reiterated.




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