Governor Soludo Dissolves Anambra Traditional Rulers Council

Governor Chukwuma Soludo has declared that the current composition of the Traditional Rulers Council of Anambra state is not recognized by the law.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra StateGoogle

During a meeting held in Awka with the Royal Fathers, Soludo announced that a committee comprising five Traditional Rulers and government officials would promptly convene to review and consider amendments to relevant sections of the Traditional Rulers law, along with any other sections deemed necessary for modification.

The governor emphasized that once the law undergoes amendments, a formal inauguration of the Traditional Rulers Council will take place, ensuring its operation in strict compliance with the law.

In a statement released by the governor's press secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, it was highlighted that Governor Soludo reaffirmed the meeting's purpose, which centered on fostering collaboration among all stakeholders for the successful implementation of the Solution Agenda for 2024.

“He elaborately briefed the Traditional Rulers of the major milestones of his administration in the past 22 months; and solicited their cooperation as stakeholders under the Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP), a strategy of his administration’s rapid development of Anambra State. 

“In the course of the discussion that followed, it was observed that the body operating as the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council as constituted was unknown to the law as the  state government has observed that the body was improperly constituted in violation of the provision of section 2 (F) of the Anambra State Traditional          Rulers (Amendment) Law, 2020.

“In specific terms, that section provides that the Council shall be composed of the following persons to be appointed by the governor- a Chairman; two Deputy Chairmen; and one member from each local government area, provided that members appointed from a senatorial zone shall not exceed eleven.

“There are three senatorial zones and twenty one local governments in Anambra State. The above provision of the law therefore mandates that the Traditional Rulers Council shall be constituted with not more than 36 members.

“The record of the  state, however, shows that the body currently acting as the Traditional Rulers Council is composed of 52 persons in utter violation of the law, the implication of which is that the body is not the Traditional Rulers Council known to law. “To that extent, that body as presently constituted cannot make any valid decisions or function legally; and could not have done so in the light of the provisions of the law...

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