NASS mulls constitutional roles for traditional rulers

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajuddeen Abbas, on Saturday in Zaria said the 10th assembly would revisit the bill seeking constitutional roles for traditional rulers.

He disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Bamalli.

He said the visit was a homecoming to seek royal blessings, guidance and prayers from the royal father.

Mr Abbas, who was accompanied by some members and leaders of the house, told the emir that the visit was to also appreciate the support and prayers received from his constituency and Nigerians.

“We are here to also seek advice from you, the traditional rulers.

“I want to also inform you that we will revisit the recommendations of the bill submitted by the traditional rulers seeking for a constitutional role and ensure that the bill is passed.

In his response, the emir noted that the traditional rulers had played several developmental roles at the pre-independent and post independent Nigeria, as such their roles could not be overemphasised.

He also noted with dismay that some politicians were initially against the bill seeking constitutional roles for the rulers on the premise that such roles would amount to creating another tier of government.

The emir said it was not true that assigning constitutional roles to the traditional rulers amounted to creating another tier of government.

The royal father said an extensive deliberation on the issue was held in Kaduna under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto.

He added that a committee headed by Emir of Lafia, Nasarawa State, who was a former Justice of Supreme Court, drafted the bill which was eventually not passed by the NASS.

“We are therefore appealing to the 10th assembly to revisit the bill and ensure its speedy passage to enhance security, growth and national development.”

After the courtesy visit, the speaker held an interactive session with people of Zaria Federal Constituency.


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