The Lagos State government on Thursday charged traditional rulers in the state on conflict resolution, fostering communal peace and economic development in their domains.
Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, gave this charge at a Retreat organised for traditional rulers in the state, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The theme of the retreat was: “The Role of Traditional Rulers in Conflict Resolution and in Fostering Communal Peace and Economic Development in Lagos State.”
According to Ahmed, traditional rulers in Lagos had continued to be development catalysts, and respected agents for mobilisation for policy implementation, monitoring and review of policy options.
The commissioner said traditional rulers had a special responsibility to uphold not just traditional values, culture and customs, but to also ensure that information dissemination flowed to all nooks and crannies and that residents in each community understood government policies and programmes in the simplest form, using preferably the indigenous languages.
Ahmed added that it was expected that as Royal Fathers and opinion leaders, they would properly and adequately educate their subjects, including youths, on what the government had been doing, and how they could play their own part, to help the government to deliver more dividends of democracy.
Speaking on the overview of the Obas and Chiefs of Lagos State Law 2015, Director, Legislative Drafting in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Aderinsola Olanrewaju said that the law guides the selection, appointment and recognition of recognised and unrecognised Chiefs in Lagos.
“And the idea was to familiarised the Obas to what the law says particularly about how declarations are made, the power to suspend, the power of the Governor under the law what they should do in case of impersonation, offences under the law, how to amend declaration, so that Obas would be able to relate to all these in respect of the law,” she said.
Professor of Law and former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akin Ibidapo-obe, during his presentation on “Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution Technique”, said that the role of the Obas and his Chiefs are mainly mediation and arbitration and like every other skills and line of education, there is a need to be involved in order to improve skills at all time.
Speaking on behalf of the Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba of Lagos, HRM, Rilwan Akiolu commended the state government for prioritising the intellectual empowerment of traditional rulers in the state.
He implored traditional rulers in the state to continue to commit themselves to and ensure they play their roles in ensuring that communal peace in their domains engender economic development.
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, led other monarchs across the State to the event.