9 June 2010

Nigeria: Emir of Fika Urges Constitutional Role for Traditional Rulers

Lagos — Emir of Fika Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa has called for a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country.

Idrissa who is the Chancellor of the University of Uyo and the chairman of the council of chiefs in Yobe in an interview with journalists in Lagos Monday, said the traditional rulers could play an advisory role in the day to day running of all tiers of government. According to him, traditional leaders could monitor the utilization of funds allocated for the development of their people. The emir added that if government could increase the money allocated to the education sector, the challenge of falling education standard will become a thing of the past.

"The best way to fix the problem in the education sector is for government to fund the sector adequately. It should also address the challenge of brain drain by inducing Nigerian professionals abroad to come back home to contribute to the development of the country.

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