From John Shiaondo, Makurdi:
The Tor Tiv, His Royal Majsety Professor James Ayatse, has tasked his subjects to ensure that they discipline their children and give them decent western education in line with modern societal trends.
Ayatse, who spoke while receiving peoas not right.
“I want the traditional institution in Tiv land under my watch to be accorded the respect it deserves. And, I want my Chiefs to equally discipline themselves. I want traditional tools where there are vacancies to be fill accordingly based on the Tiv principles of power sharing, to attract God’s blessings,” he said.
The Royal father also decried the emergence of scattered homes in Tiv land and advised his subjects to return to the good old days of staying in cluster settlements to access development facilities and amenities.
He noted that living in scattered homes puts the people to disadvantage and deny them opportunity of accessing social amenities like water, electricity among others.
In another development, the Tiv Area Traditional Council TATC, has constituted a high-powered committee saddled with the responsibility of restoring the culture and values of Tiv people.
The committee which is headed by His Royal Highness, Chief Jam Gbinde, Ter Ikyor, with all the 14 second class chiefs (UTER) as members in Tiv land is to assess and identify reasons for the high bride price which has made young men of marriageable age unable to get married and sometimes resort to acquiring resources by questionable means to make up the demand for glamorous introduction, traditional and white wedding.
The committee which has three months to submit its report is to evolve ways of reducing expensive burial, a tradition which the Tiv Area Traditional Council insists is totally alien to Tiv culture.
According to the TATC, the measures have become necessary to avoid a situation where the borrowed trends of expensive marriages and burials have forced families to abject poverty after such ceremonies.
The traditional council gave indication of partnering relevant religious bodies and critical stakeholders to help eradicate such alien cultures, values and traditions that are not beneficial to growth and development of Tiv nation.
The committee is also to evolve a decent dress code to restore the dignity of the traditional institution as against the practice where subjects without chieftaincy titles dress in full royal regalia with beads as though they were title holders.