Following complaints, petitions and legal tussles among interested parties, the FCT Administration has suspended all Chieftaincy related appointments in the traditional institutions in the Territory.
The development was made known in a recent circular released by the Office of the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye.
The Administration lamented that issues relating to the appointment and installation into traditional positions in the FCT has sometimes led to situations that are inimical to peaceful coexistence in some of these communities.
“It had become pertinent to emphasize the provision of the FCT Chiefs (Appointment & Deposition) Act, 2007, which states that “upon the death, resignation or deposition of any Chief or Traditional Ruler, of a kind referred in sub-section (1)of this section, the Minister may approve as the successor to such office of a Chief or Traditional Ruler as the case may be, by any person appointed in that behalf by the persons charged with the responsibility of appointing persons to the office or Chief or Traditional Ruler in accordance with the provisions of any order made by the Minister after consultation with the Department of Local Government Administration”, the circular stated.
Consequently, according to the circular all issues of appointments, installation and Turbanning of District, Village and Ward heads have been suspended until further notice.
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