Governor Wike Charges Panel Of Inquiry To Review Classification Of Rivers Chieftaincy Stools

Governor Wike Charges Panel Of Inquiry To Review Classification Of Rivers Chieftaincy Stools
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  inaugurated  the State Administrative Panel of Inquiry to review the classification of Traditional Chieftaincy in the state.
The governor charged  the panel  to review and make recommendations on the grading/classification of existing and new traditional stools in the state in relation to the system of Chieftaincy existing within various clans and localities.
Inaugurating  the  Administrative Panel of Inquiry on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt , Governor Wike urged the panel to be courageous  in the discharge of their  function, because the repositioning  of the Chieftaincy Classification  is necessary  for  the  stability  of the state.
He regretted  that  the  traditional institution of the state was compromised  by  illegal politicisation.
The governor asked the panel to withstand  the pressure  that is associated  with  their assignment.
Governor Wike further charged the Panel  to ascertain and identify the traditional stools operative in each area of the state, ascertain and identify the area or communities over which each Chieftaincy  exercises  authority, ascertain and identify the method of selection of incumbents to each Chieftaincy in its area of operation and any Chieftaincy stools that were wrongly excluded from recognition, classification and grading.
The terms of reference for the Panel Include: “Review applications for traditional Chieftaincy stools from material available in various memoranda including Government and Intelligence reports mentioned in such memoranda.
“Make appropriate  recommendations on Chieftaincy stools that were wrongly recognised, classified or graded including but not limited to withdrawal of recognition, reclassification  and/or declassification of such Chieftaincy stools”.
The governor added that the Panel should make appropriate recommendations on how vacant Chieftaincy stools may be filled.
He announced  that  the Panel has 45 days to submit its report. He directed the panel to hold her public  hearings at the Dr Obi Wali Cultural Centre  to accommodate all interest  groups.
Responding, Chairman of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry, Sir Sam Egbe assured  the governor  that the panel will carry out its duties without  fear or  favour.
He said that the panel will use the assignment  as its contribution  to  the  development of the state.
The following are members of the panel:
1. Mr Sam Egbe  —-Chairman
2. Sir Samuel Ibemeru -Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs  –Secretary
3. Dr Samuel Wenedo   -Member
4.Dr Benibo George       –Member
5. Dr Godspower Jackson Irikana  -Member
6. Henry Amadi Esq  –Principal State Counsel, Ministry of Justice and counsel to the Panel of Inquiry.