Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Abaji Traditional Rulers to Get 50 Percent Rise in Allowance

The Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Yahaya Musa Muhammad, Monday announced a 50 percent increment in allowances of traditional rulers in the council.

He made the announcement when traditional rulers in the council paid him a courtesy visit at the council's secretariat.

Alhaji Yahaya said the council considered it necessary to review upward the allowances of royal fathers in order to enable them meet up with their daily needs , despite high cost of living in the society.

"Our administration will continue to support you to be able to discharge your duty accordingly. The recent constitutional review has given priority to the role of traditional rulers; therefore, we urge you to support government policies for total transformation," he said.

The chairman used the opportunity to inform traditional rulers of the council's plan to expand the traditional institution, by creating more district heads where necessary for smooth running of the affairs of the royal fathers. He urged them to ensure peace is maintained in their domains to ensure development.

Alhaji Yahaya urge the traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to give attention to farming as well as the education of their children, adding that the two are key to the development and self reliance of any community. He urged the traditional rulers to be vigilant in their communities and report strange faces that could constitute security threat in their domain.

Responding, the Ona of Abaji and Chairman of FCT traditional rulers, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, thanked the chairman for reviewing their allowances, adding that it will boost their morale in the discharge of their duties.

He appealed to the council chairman to assist royal fathers in building new palaces as well as renovating the existing ones.

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