The Adamawa State government is to establish Public Traditional Partnership (PTP) as instrument to drive the vision of the current administration in the state.
Comrade Ahmad Sajoh, Commissioner for Information revealed this during an interactive session with Ganye traditional Council in Ganye Local Council.
Sajoh said that the partnership became necessary to archive the vision of the current administration of making sure all institutions are properly utilised to help the government have a vibrant working system.
He noted that the partnership with the traditional institution would ensure supervision of government activities within local communities.
Sajoh urged them to commence the supervision of primary school teachers, as well as health officers within their domains.
He also assured them that henceforth, the government would only pay contractors on the authorization of the traditional leader in the contract location.
His words: “The partnership between our traditional institution and the government is crucial as so many things have gone wrong as a result of negligence of the institution. Government cannot monitor day-to-day activities of workers posted to local communities, therefore it is the responsibility of the traditional leaders to visit primary schools and even health facilities within their domains to report truancy and indolence in service.
“Henceforth, we will no longer pay a contractor unless the traditional chief where such contract is located clears the contractor for execution of the job.’’
Alhaji Mohammed Doletebe, sole administrator of the local government commended the state government for the initiative.
He stressed the need to empower the traditional institution, adding that the synergy between local government and the institution would better drive the goals of government.
He regretted paucity of funds in the local government to support traditional leaders with logistics.
In his responds, Alhaji Umaru Sandas, the kindred head of Mbolo community said that the disconnection between the traditional institution and the local government has militated against good governance at the grassroots.
He described the relationship between political leaders and traditional leaders as “unhealthy,” nothing that there seems to be a “supremacy battle between the two.”
The interactive session was conveyed to drive home the message of the “Bindow for Social Change” programme by the state’s Ministry for information.