Alarmed by rate of insecurity in the country, a Cross River State governorship hopeful, Architect Bassey Eyo Ndem has called for the strengthening of the traditional institution.
Ndem who made the call on Wednesday during a consultative engagement with Martin Asuquo, a House of Assembly aspirant for Akpabuyo State Constituency, said by so doing they can help to curb the rising insecurity in the country.
Ndem stated that the State Government could charge the traditional institutions with more responsibilities and some of such responsibilities should include “reporting movement of strangers in the locality, birth and death recorded within the locality, healthy synergy amongst critical institutions in the area, and functional feedback mechanism between the local and state government system”.
He said this would help reduce the spate of crime as there would be a need for onward review of the traditional rulers periodic welfare stipends for them to cope additional responsibilities.
He indicated that one of the problems which is still a recurring challenge to successive administrations in the state is the inability to put in place a succession plan, which he said has apparently created a gap experienced in the corridor of leadership.
The APC chieftain charged party members to eliminate the dichotomy of old and new APC sentiments, as well as respect the leadership of the party across the state with a view to strengthening the spine of the party.
Earlier Martin Asuquo, stated that his aspiration for Akpabuyo State Constituency is engineered by the quest to serve his people.