Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has stressed the need for a legislation that will strengthen the role of traditional rulers who are custodians of traditions to revive the cultural values and norms that have eluded the society.
He noted that such issues could be better solved by empowering traditional institutions.
Bello was speaking at a programme held in honour of Dr Mohammed Ndarani Mohammed, who has been conferred with the position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee and Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja.
Bello while acknowledging the neglect of some of these traditions as partly responsible for the problems the country is confronted with, maintained that there must be a review of the system with more powers handed to the traditional leaders to enable them to checkmate the vices that have eroded the family, society and government.
The Governor who said hard work, commitment and dedication to duty are the hallmark of success, decried the failure of youth whom he said prefer to engage in drugs and other vices.
He noted that the new Senior Advocate of Nigeria being celebrated had exhibited the spirit of hard work, discipline and good character to attain his present elevation.
The Governor said the State is proud of Barrister Ndarani Mohammed being a Nigerlite and about the youngest SAN in the country, pointing out that attaining this height will motivate other younger ones who work through the path of success with discipline, hard work, commitment and above all prayers.
According to the Governor, the conferment of SAN on Barrister Ndarani Mohammed has increased the number of SAN in the State.
This feat, the Governor said will afford the government the opportunity to synergies with them in order to articulate some demands of the State and consequently present them to the Federal Government for the growth and development of the State.
“At this point, my doors are opened for discussion on how we can closely work together to reclaim and regain our rightful place as a State, which will have to be now with this number of SAN in the State”, he added.
The newly conferred SAN, Barrister Ndarani Mohammed who dedicated his new position to humanity said his elevation to SAN is the greatest achievement he has attained so far in life.
He said though the elevation translates to additional responsibility, it will spur him to serve humanity more.
Other guests at the occasion including Profesor Muhammad Kuta Yahaya, former Secretary to the Niger State Government who was also the Chairman of the occasion; former Presidential candidate, Mrs Sarah Jibril; a senior legal luminary, Abraham Yisa of Summit Chambers Minna; Representative of the Etsu Nupe, Y.Y Sani and the Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro (Kitoro III) showered compliments on the new SAN and urging him to do more as they prayed for him to succeed.
Various indigenous cultural troupes thrilled the guests at the event.