Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has directed traditional rulers in the state to ensure that they reside in their domains in order to tackle security challenges.
Sule, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muhammad Bala, gave the directive during a meeting with traditional rulers on Monday in Lafia.
He urged the traditional rulers to stay with their subjects in order to feed government with firsthand information about security situations in their localities.
The governor said the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was due to the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders; hence the need to sustain such efforts.
“If you stay outside your domain and something happens, you will not have first hand information.
“As a traditional ruler of a community, it is better you reside among your people to feel what they feel and be part of them,” the governor advised.
He further urged the traditional rulers to support government’s efforts now more than ever in order to achieve lasting peace in the state.
The governor assured them that issues of their welfare would be given topmost priority.
Responding, Emir of Lafia and chairman, Nasarawa state council of chiefs, Sidi Bage, assured the governor of their readiness to comply with the directive in the interest of the state.
Bage, however, appealed for increase in their monthly allowance and their inclusion in the implementation of government policies and programmes.