Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to remove four first-class traditional rulers from office over alleged insubordination to the state government.
Wike in his new year message to the residents of the state which was posted on his Facebook page on Saturday, accused the identified royal fathers of constantly failing to attend state functions.
He added that should they continue to absent themselves from state functions and meetings of the Traditional Rulers Council, the government will be forced to remove them from office and replace them.
Naija News reports Wike identified the traditional rulers as the Amayanabo of Okrika, the Amayanabo of Ogu, the Amayanabo of Kalabari and the Gbenemene Nyo-Khana.
In his words, “Let me also remind all government recognized traditional rulers that they are, at all times, subject to the authority and directives of the State Government and not to other allegiances, culture or otherwise.
“Therefore, the consistent absence of some first class traditional rulers, especially the Amayanabo of Okrika, the Amayanabo of Ogu, the Amayanabo of Kalabari and the Gbenemene Nyo-Khana from participating in State functions is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.
“Should they, therefore, continue to absent themselves from State functions or in the regular meetings and activities of the State Traditional Rulers Council, we would have no option than to direct their immediate replacement.”
The Rivers State Governor further promised to do all within the capacity of his government to ensure a better living environment for residents of the state in the year 2022.
He vowed more developmental projects including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other developmental projects will be delivered.
“Finally, as the New Year 2022 inevitably beckons, we wish to assure you that we will continue to do our best to meet the aspirations of our citizens for a more peaceful, safe and secure society throughout the Year 2022.
“We will continue to pursue our objectives for a stronger and more sustainable economy centred on fiscal discipline, revenue growth, job creation, and improved standard of living for all residents.
“We will continue to accelerate our development with the sustainable delivery of quality roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other socio-economic infrastructure and complete all ongoing development projects across the State,” he stated.
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