First-class traditional rulers in Plateau State may soon be entitled to 13 domestic staff each if the governor approves a recommendation in a bill that recently passed the third reading in the state House of Assembly.
This was part of recommendations submitted to the Plateau State House of Assembly by the Tripartite Committee on Land, Survey and Town Planning, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Agriculture and Natural Resources in a bill for a law to provide for the remuneration of appointed traditional rulers in Plateau State and for other related matters in 2022.
The report, which has since passed the third reading, was read by the chairman of, the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ibrahim Baba Hassan. It recommends that the domestic staff shall include five palace guards, two stable boys, two cooks, one personal assistant, and three drivers for all the first-class chiefs and emirs.
The committee also recommended nine domestic staff for second class and six for third class chiefs and emirs; while district heads shall be entitled to four and two for village heads.
Appointment of the domestic staff for the traditional rulers, according to the committee, shall be tenured and their remuneration shall be drawn from 5% allocation to the traditional council.