Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday inaugurated an 82-member council of traditional rulers with a charge to partner with government and justify the confidence reposed in them.
Inaugurating the council in Alausa, Ikeja, Mr Ambode urged the traditional rulers to continue to address anti-social behaviour in their communities and be at the forefront of the state’s tourism campaign.
He said by law, the council of Obas and Chiefs was to advise the governor on chieftaincy matters and any other matter of public policy concerning traditional rulers or any other class of chiefs.
“It is also to advise the governor on matters relating to customary laws or cultural affairs, inter-communal relations and maintenance of public order in the state.”
Mr Ambode said the new council was coming at a time of momentous changes in the evolution of the state, especially with the efforts by his administration to ensure that every community felt government’s presence.
“Our government has immense regard for all our royal fathers and traditional rulers, and we will always welcome advice from them to ensure social harmony and ensure peaceful coexistence.
“The most important ingredient for development in the state is peace and security, and you all have an important role to play in this regard,’’ he said.
“As custodians of the culture and tradition of our people, our royal father’s should also be at the forefront of our tourism campaign.
“A significant aspect of tourism is our culture and historical science which falls under your jurisdiction.
“This must be showcased to the world and our government is channelling a lot of resources to regenerate the environment and creation of tourist hubs across the state.
“This project requires your support and cooperation,’’ the governor said.
Mr Ambode restated that traditional institution of kingship in the society regardless of the advent of modernity remained the rallying point for the generality of all the people.
“It has been serving as a veritable vehicle for the dissemination of government policies, programmes and mobilisation of the populace,’’ he said.
He commended the dissolved council for serving the state with high sense of patriotism during their five year tenure.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council being chaired by Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos has a membership of traditional rulers from across the five divisions of the state.
Responding, Mr Akiolu said they would continue to contribute to the progress of the state, especially in the area of security, sanitation and development.