The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has called on the 17 council chairmen in Enugu State to promote sound work ethics and servicom principles.
Nebo made the call in Enugu during a three-day induction/retreat organised for the chairmen by the Enugu State Government.
He said the promotion would encourage accountability, responsiveness, legacy maintenance, as well as effective and efficient service delivery in the grassroots.
In a lecture titled ‘Strategies for Effective Local Government Administration in Enugu State’, the vice chancellor charged the chairmen to empower food producers in their local governments.
“I call on you to help empower farmers by providing farming inputs at affordable costs and not for political patronage but also to help them source high variety of crops.
“I also appeal to you to promote technical education at the primary school level through incentives to fill the yawning gap of artisans and technicians,’’ he said.
In his speech, Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu said the idea behind the retreat was to ensure that people who held political office in the state were groomed in the policy thrust of the state government.
Chime, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Amechi Okolo, said that grooming political office holders would help them to execute responsibilities entrusted in them.
“I urge all the council chairmen to consolidate and sustain the already existing partnership with the government on inter-local government roads, rural electrification, free maternal and child health care and commercial agriculture programmes for the development of rural communities,’’ the governor said.
A guest speaker, Prof. Chidi Onyia, advocated a top-bottom approach where the chairmen would work with the people for effective delivery of democracy dividends.
According to him, the retreat is apt as it will prepare the chairmen to face the leadership challenges ahead of them.
Meanwhile, a member representing Nsukka West in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Dame Lydia Omeje-Ogbu has advocated for more elective and appointive positions for women both at the state and national levels.
Omeje-Ogbu, who said this in Enugu while supporting the motion for adjournment during plenary session, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State for giving women the opportunity to serve in their governments.
She urged women to use the theme of this year’s celebration ‘Correcting Girls’ to do their best in educating and encouraging girls to be good wives, mothers and sisters so that they would raise good children and citizens for the country.