By Tony Nyong
Uyo—Vice President Mohammed Sambo, has disclosed that the Federal Government is expending $10 billion to ensure stable power in the country, through the construction of 10 new power stations and transmission lines for the workability of the National Independent Power Project, NIPP.
Alhaji Sambo, who spoke on the occasion of the South South Monarchs’ Forum in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, called on royal fathers in the South South geopolitical region to consider the meeting of the forum a very important one, at the time Nigerians are celebrating 50 years of independence, because it will afford them the opportunity to re-evaluate the role of the traditional institution.
He said, “It is pertinent to examine the role of the traditional institution in promoting socio-political, economic development and security of our country.”
He charged the royal fathers, as custodians of traditional institution, to play critical role in grassroot mobilization, community development and advocacy.
“There is a widening gap between what the institution used to be in the past and what it is today. There is thus the need for urgent support for the improvement of the role of the traditional institution.”
Urging the royal fathers to declare open the South South Monarchy Retreat, held in Akwa Ibom State, the Vice President charged them to make their deliberation contribute to the national rebirth.
The Chairman of South South Monarchs Forum, Edmund Dakorou, the Amanyabo of Nembe Kingdom, said Nigeria was at a cross road regarding the place and role of traditional institution in nation-building, stressing that good governance, economic growth and the path closen by the citizenry, will largely determine the outcome of the Nigeria project.
He noted that long before Nigeria became a nation, the kingship institution and its attend out administrative structures reigned supreme in various parts of the co-terminus geographic era and that the present generation should not overlook the fact that the autonomous, self governing units were ring-fenced into one nation by the colonial masters and they remain the mosaic foundation of the country.
The Royal Father decried that 50 years after independence, the traditional institution so valued, regularly consulted and constitutionally recognized by the occupying power has now been literally tossed aside on the scrap heap of history be governance structures, ironically elaborated by Nigerians themselves for Nigerias.
The organic continuity in grassroof governance experience elating back 8 centuries or more and the informing wisdom in state craft are thus being unwittingly tossed aside and even grater loss to the nation is signaled by the fact that the kingship institution is currently in full bloom as seen in capacity, quality, exposure and experience of the people occupying our exalted stools across the nation.
According to him “Among our rulers are military generals and the equivalents in the Nigerian police or custom service, top technocrats in the public and private sectors of the economy, ex-ministers, renowned professors, seasoned administrators, ex-governors and top businessmen, yet the nation that claims to be ever in search of good leadership, has not thought it proper to assign to this pool of consolidated leadership experience, a fitting role in its constitution, hence making a baffling irony, a serous break with our heroic roots, and an aberration whose ugly impact is already being felt in our national life, not least the Niger Delta and its restive youth.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio thanked the Vice President for accepting flag open the retreat and commended the Persident for his development strides.
He disclosed that in Akwa Ibom his government has done so much for the people and that every citizen of the State was proud of PDP.