The Kwara State government is to accord traditional rulers and institutions their right and respect as the custodian of custom and culture.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi made the pledge on Tuesday in Ilorin while receiving Second Class Royal Fathers from Kwara South Senatorial District led by the Onipee of Ipee, Oba Mufutau Adebayo Lawal in his office.
Mr Alabi explained that the present administration would not cheat or sideline people in its task to develop the State.
The Deputy Governor said the rights and benefits of the Royal Fathers would be addressed accordingly.
He bemoaned the past administration for its failure to pay the entitlements of the nineteen Royal Fathers.
Mr Alabi said the Royal Fathers are all well to do adding that their salary is their right which they should not be denied.
The Deputy Governor promised to discuss the issue with the Governor whom he stated does not like cheating.
Mr Alabi added that the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led government is presently clearing the backlog of gratuities owed pensioners from 2014 and 2015 to make life meaningful for the people.
The Deputy Governor emphasised that the government would keep addressing the various needs inherited from the past government in its resolve to eradicate poverty.
Earlier the Onipee of Ipee, Oba Mufutau Adebayo Lawal said the 19 elevated Second class royal fathers are yet to receive their entitlements since 2014.
Oba Lawal who commended the various developmental efforts of the present administration called on it to pay their salary and allowances as and when due.
Also receiving the Zonal Manager of WEMA Bank, Eniola Oyedele, the State Deputy Governor pledged that the government would provide enabling environment for businesses to strive in the State.
The Zonal Manager had earlier congratulated the government on their successful inauguration and prayed for its success in the task ahead.
Source: Voice of Nigeria