Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has restated his avowed commitment to continued to give due recognition to the traditional institution in the State.
The Governor stated this at the presentation of letters of appointment to one hundred graded and upgraded traditional rulers in the State.
The Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr. Usman Dan Victor, said due process was meticulously followed in the recent grading and upgrading of traditional rulers in the State.
He further noted that the State Government strictly adhered to the Kogi State Chiefs (Appointment, Deposition and Establishment of Traditional Council) Law No. 23 of 2006 in the appointing, grading and upgrading the Chiefs.
He maintained that the exercise should be seen as a government effort to reposition and strengthen the traditional institution in the State.
He charged the Royal Fathers to rule with the fear of God and promote peace and harmony in their various communities, noting that government will not take it lightly with any traditional ruler who falls short of his expected role in his domain.
In his remarks, the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mall. Abubakar Salihu thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for the status elevation of 100 traditional rulers in the State.
He noted that the exercise would go a long way in addressing age-long injustice in the State.
Mall. Salihu charged the Chiefs to key into the New Direction Administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, adding that they should continue to give security top priority attention in their respective domains.
In his vote of thanks and appreciation on behalf of other Royal Fathers, the Obobanyi of Ihima, HRH Samuel Adayi Onimisi appreciated Gov Bello for his political will to correct the age-long injustice in the traditional institution in the State.
He assured the Governor of their continued loyalty and support for his administration, adding that they will be fair to all in carrying out their responsibilities in the grassroots.
Presented with appointment letters at the occasion were 17 First Class; 23 Second Class; and 60 Third Class Chiefs.