Owerri- The Imo Government on Monday enjoined traditional rulers in the state to participate actively in the supervision of development projects in their respective domains.
The Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, made the call in Owerri while receiving traditional rulers from Mbaike, comprising Mbaitoli and Ikeduru local government areas, who visited him.
He said that there was need for traditional rulers to be involved in the supervision of government projects in their domains because they were the chief security officers of their communities.
Madumere said that some contractors had abandoned their projects in some local communities after collecting mobilisation fees for such projects.
He said that if traditional rulers of the affected communities were actively supervising the projects, they would have alerted the government on the activities of such fraudulent contractors.
The deputy governor also urged the royal fathers not to fail in exposing hoodlums in their areas, adding that such information would help security agencies in their fight against crime.
The Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Mbaitoli, Eze Peter Opara, renewed their commitment in acting as the watchdogs over government projects.
He said that government needed partnership and support of the entire public to succeed in undertaking its numerous development projects.
While promising to partner with security agencies in fighting crime, Opara noted that some of the crimes committed in the cities originated from the local communities.