The Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has charged traditional rulers in the FCT to join forces with the FCT Administration in the fight against insecurity in the nation’s capital.
The Minister who gave the charge today, September 15, 2023, during his maiden meeting with members of the FCT Council of Chiefs stressed that royal fathers have always played a pivotal role in mobilizing their subjects to key into government policies and programmes, adding that the agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on combating insecurity in the country was no exception with the traditional rulers playing a crucial role.
“Particularly the traditional rulers have a role to play in terms of security. You know your community better than anybody. You know those who live with you in your communities. So, you will be able to identify those who look like strangers where you stay.
“No security agency can perform its function without the support of the traditional rulers. So, we believe we need to partner with the traditional rulers to succeed in the fight against insecurity”.
According to a statement by the Director of Press, Office of the Honourable Minister, Anthony Ogunleye, the Minister said the FCTA values the role of the traditional rulers hence its decision to enhance their mobility to reach the nook and crannies of the territory and complement the Administration’s efforts to combat crime and keep the FCT safe.
Barr. Wike said, “Government must also encourage you and provide you with the needed logistics to do your work. And part of that is mobility. This is also in line with the President’s agenda of renewed hope”.
The Minister who stressed that everybody was important in the fight against insecurity, called for all hands to be on deck in the fight while expressing the hope that the traditional institution will help the FCTA achieve peace and security in the FCT.
He also said that plans would soon be worked out for improved welfare for traditional rulers as part of efforts to achieve the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In appreciation of the gesture by the Minister, the Chairman of the FCT Council of Chiefs and Ona of Abaji, HRH Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, pledged the commitment of the traditional rulers to partner with the FCTA to make the FCT safe.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the ten vehicles to the ten third-class graded chiefs in the FCT.
Present at the presentation were the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, other senior officials of the FCTA, Area Council Chairmen, and traditional rulers in the FCT.