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Gov Wike introduces security stipends for traditional rulers

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“The security stipend to traditional rulers which will be disbursed to recognised traditional rulers will start from 2016. This stipend should not be used outside of gathering security intelligence. – Wike 

Rivers State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers,  King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo  at the 102nd  Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Ru

In a move to improve  security  across  the  communities  of Rivers State,  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  approved  the  release  of  security  stipends  to traditional rulers to assist them  enhance  community  security. 

Addressing  the 102nd Quarterly General Meeting of the  Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers on Wednesday,  Governor Wike said  that the security  stipends will assist  the traditional  rulers  generate intelligence  which  will be  forwarded  to  the  security  agencies for necessary  action. 

He said: “The security stipend to traditional rulers which  will be disbursed to recognised traditional  rulers will start from 2016. This stipend should not be used outside of gathering security  intelligence.  

“We shall also introduce special  awards to traditional  rulers  who maintain  peaceful  communities.  We believe these awards will encourage  communities  to take steps to  improve  security  across  the  state”.

Governor  Wike  charged the traditional  rulers  to  insulate themselves  from partisan  politics by ensuring  that they remain  neutral in all political  matters.

He stated that being involved  in  politics  diminishes the respect people accord to traditional  rulers.

According  to  him : “You are custodians of customs and  traditions and not custodians of politics. Your duty is to bless anyone that comes to you and not to make political  pronouncements”.

Speaking  further,  Governor Wike  said that  the  support  of  traditional  rulers played a key role in the achievements  of  his administration. 

He noted that his administration  has restored the dignity  of traditional  rulers, noting  that  he will continue  to  liaise  with them to attain greater development. 

In his address, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers,  King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo ,  commended Governor  Wike  for restoring the  Quarterly General  session of the council’s  meeting.  He said  the  last meeting  was held over two years ago.

The Traditional Ruler  commended the  Governor Wike  administration  for the execution  of  pro-people development  projects and the release  of  logistic support  to security  agencies. 

Simeon Nwakaudu

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media

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