Scholars in History have called for improved welfare for traditional rulers in the country, advocating that they should be paid from a consolidated account rather than through local government chairmen.
The call was made at a three-day international conference organised by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding as part of activities to mark the 80th birthday of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
It was convened by a professor of History and the Executive Director of CBCIU, Siyan Oyeweso; and Director of General Studies Programme at the University of Ibadan, Prof Olutayo Adesina.
In a communique generated at the end of the conference, the scholars, who attended, held the unanimous view that traditional rulers in the country remained the cornerstones to build a great Nigeria.
They argued that until traditional rulers were restored to their rightful position in governance, progress and development might continue to elude the country.
“If we truly want peace, unity and progress of Nigeria, then the Alaafin institution and other traditional institutions and traditional rulers have to be acknowledged as agents of positive change and important partners in national progress and development.
“The National Council for Traditional Rulers as well as state and local government councils must be strengthened for improved service delivery at the various levels.
“The welfare of traditional rulers must be considerably improved and in fact, it should be best paid from a consolidated account as against their subservience to local government chairmen,” the scholars said in the communique.