Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has called on the traditional rulers of the state to join forces in combating crime and criminal activities. This appeal was made known during the launch of the ninth Abia State Traditional Rulers Council in Umuahia, where HRH Eze Linus Nto Mba was installed as the council’s chairman.
The inauguration ceremony for the council’s key officers took place at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs’ auditorium on Tuesday. Governor Otti urged the new heads of the traditional rulers to encourage their peers to aid the current administration in its battle against violent crime in Abia.
The governor revealed that his administration has initiated ‘Operation Crush’, a major effort to address criminality in Abia. He emphasized the significant resources allocated to this operation and called on the monarchs to work in conjunction with the government to enhance security in Abia.
Governor Otti shared his vision of a new Abia, where the government is committed to providing high-quality education, healthcare, electricity, water, and other essential amenities even beyond the urban areas. He underscored the vital role that the traditional rulers will play in realizing this vision.
The governor also urged the traditional rulers to stay informed about governmental activities and to be actively engaged in their respective community affairs.
He saluted the newly appointed principal officers of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, revealing that they were chosen with careful deliberation.
Prince Uzor Nwachukwu, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, highlighted the significance of the inauguration of the ninth council of the Abia State Traditional Rulers. He expressed optimism that the new principal officers of the council will be instrumental in bringing about positive changes in the state.
Eze Linus Nto Mba, the Council Chairman, expressed gratitude on behalf of the principal officers and pledged their commitment to effectively leading the council and supporting the governor in serving the people.
The Council also includes Eze Nelson Nmerengwa, 1st Deputy Chairman; Eze Franklin Nwosu, 2nd Deputy Chairman; and Eze Uwakwe Ukaegbu, 3rd Deputy Chairman.
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