Take Security, Sanitation Seriously, Okowa Tells LG Chairmen


The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa Tells has told local government council chairmen in the state to take the issue of environmental sanitation and security of lives seriously in their respective areas.
Declaring open a two-day orientation workshop for chairmen and vice chairmen of the 25 local government councils in the state, Okowa said; “I wish to use this medium to advice that you (chairmen and vice-chairmen of local government councils) take sanitation seriously; you should endeavour to be timely in the evacuation of refuse.
“As we move towards the election season, you should take issues of security seriously; so, liaise and collaborate with security agencies for effective coverage. As you are no doubt aware, the local government council is the third tier of government in Nigeria, it is very strategic in our political structure, because it is the closest administrative unit to our people at the grassroots.
“Since you are closest to the people, it is expected that you should know the most basic needs of the people and be in a position to promote their development and welfare, because, the expectations of the people are high in view of the development needs of our various communities; you should therefore be committed at all times to see that the dividend of democracy is delivered to them within the limit of available resources.”
Noting that the workshop, which had as its theme: “Strengthening Grassroots Administration to Achieve the SMART Agenda” would strengthen the chairmen and their deputies to focus on effective management of contemporary local government administration, Okowa said “the watchword is prudent allocation of limited resources among competing alternatives, and I must remind you that a call to public office of this magnitude is a call to service; it is a golden opportunity that you cannot afford to misuse; you should endeavour to prove to your people that they have not made a wrong choice for electing you.
“The lessons, values and knowledge gained in this workshop should be deployed into practice, because, training and re-training of officers is a capacity building mechanism to equip you for efficient service delivery.
“Such training will lead to excellent performance in the discharge of your duties in the respective local government councils in the state”.