Benue State Gov. Swears-in 21 Interim Executive Local Government Councils,calls for Transparency, Good Governance

Benue State Gov. Swears-in 21 Interim Executive Local Government Councils,calls for Transparency, Good Governance
December 05 19:11 2023 Print This Article

By:Bridget Ikyado

The Benue State Governor, His Excellency Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Iormem Alia has sworn-in 21 Interim local government Councils with a call on them to justify the confidence reposed in them by being accountable and transparent while carrying out their responsibilities.

Addressing the appointees at New Banquet Hall of Benue Government House on Tuesday Morning, the Governor said with their appointment, his administration has demonstrated determination to re-inject vibrancy in the administration of local government system.

According to him, “your selection as caretaker committee chairmen was based on your contributions to the development of the state and the country as a whole.”

He added that, local government being among the three tiers of government, is critical to the operation of his administration as it played a major role in the provision of social services to the people.

The Governor, who cautioned them against mismanagement of resources, admonished them to provide the needed change in their respective council areas saying that there is no room for financial mismanagement.

“I urge you to work with relevant stakeholders for smooth running of your councils. I assure you that the present administration under my care would ensure poverty reduction through various schemes.” Alia said.

The Governor re-echoed his administration’s readiness towards ensuring accountability and adherence to due process in governance.

” As we embark on this new chapter, as Government we recognize the immense responsibility that lies upon our shoulders.

” Our primary duty is to serve the people, to be their voice and to advocate for their needs and aspirations. We must ensure that their concerns are heard, their rights are protected and their lives are improved.

” The people have entrusted us with their hopes and dreams and it is our duty to fulfill those expectations”.He said.

The Governor urged the newest sworn -in Chairmen and Members of the Interim Council, to embrace this opportunity to lead with integrity, transparency and fairness.

“Your role is not merely administrative; it is a chance to make a real difference in the lives of the people you represent. I encourage you to listen attentively to their needs, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to collaborate with all stakeholders.

” By fostering an inclusive environment, we can harness the collective wisdom and strengths of our diverse population, ensuring a more prosperous future for all.

“Remember, leadership is not about personal gains or accolades; it is about service and sacrifice. It is about putting the needs of the people before our own and working tirelessly to create an enabling environment for growth, development and progress.

He advised them to be guided by the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability at all times.

” As we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, let us remain united in our purpose and vision for a better Benue State. Together, we can overcome any obstacles and build a future that is inclusive, sustainable and prosperous.

” Let us inspire each other, motivate one another, encourage one another and harness the power of collaboration to achieve our collective goals”, he added.

Alia expressed confidence in the ability of the Chairman to lead and serve with distinction. Together, let us rise above limitations, break barriers and bring about positive change in our beloved state.

” May you be a beacon of hope, a catalyst for progress and a testament to the spirit of unity that defines us as a State.

“You will observe that only 21 interim chairmen have taken their oath of office.

” Our primary goal is to ensure a smooth and well-executed governance system that benefits both the government and the local communities it serves.

“While we understand the challenges and apprehension that come with such decisions, be assured that due processes would be followed to ensure the early

inauguration of the remaining chairmen.
The Governor further urged  them to  proceed to their respective local Governments, expedite the process of swearing in other members of their interim council.
Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Hon Philip Achua pledged their support to the governor for the success of his administration.
He said they would adhere to the dos and don’ts as stipulated in the Constitution.
He also added that they  would ensure the grassroot felt the impact of his 7point agenda, while calling for team work from the masses to ensure they succeeded in the local government.
Those inaugurated include; Hon. Onazi Agbese Charles for Ado local government, Hon. Ochayi Alidu for Apa local government, Hon. Agber Iorkyaan for Buruku Local Government, Hon. Agber Tavershima Abraham for Gboko Local Government, Hon. Simon Unongo for Guma Local Government, and Hon. Agbo Comfort for Gwer – East Local Government.
Others are Hon. Henry Agba for Gwer-West, Hon. Francis Zanzan for Katsina-ala Local Government, Hon. Philip Achua for Konshisha Local Government, Rev. Mark Teryila Hule for Kwande Local Government, Rev. Jonathan Iorliam Adagbe for Logo Local Government, and Hon. James Dwem for Makurdi Local Government.
Also sworn in were Hon. Okoh Joseph for Ogbadibo Local Government, Hon. Samson Okoh for Ohimini Local Government, Hon.Onyilo Douglas Omale for Okpokwu Local Government, Hon. Alfred Oketa Omakwu for Otukpo Local Government, and Hon. Roy Terna Ashirga for Tarka Local Government.
Hon. Alex Avakaa for Ushongo Local Government, Rev. Haanongon Gideon for Ukum local government.
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