From: Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has charged the newly elected Local Government Chairmen of the 20 Local Government Councils of the state to be closer to their people.
The Governor gave the advice at the swearing in ceremony of the elected Chairmen held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Bauchi Sunday.
Governor Bala Mohammed said working closely with their people at the grassroots would enable them justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorates.
The Governor who said their tenure is for a period of two years, noted that, their political career is connected to the success or failure of responsibility they will set to perform.
He called on them to pay serious attention in the management of scare resources by concentrating on projects and programmes that will add value to lives of the rural dwellers.
Governor Bala Mohammed also tasked them to be on the same page with his administration in the ongoing efforts to sanitize the state payroll in order to free resources for the execution of developmental projects.
” I am highly delighted to welcome you to this very historic event, the swearing in ceremony of our newly elected Local Government Council Chairmen, who along with their Deputies were successful in a keenly and hotly contested election. It is historic because an election of the type we just witnessed, was last conducted in the state some 12 years ago.”
” I am personally grateful to Allah for granting our Government the political will to conduct the election in fulfilment of our campaign promise. God gave our party the PDP manifest victory, we will never take it for granted.”
The Governor directed the elected Local Government Chairmen to engage in community policing in an efforts to ensure peace and security for effective implementation of his policies and programmes at rural areas.
” I expect you to be very vigilant in the area of security and assist in reporting any act that is likely to cause security breach.”
Governor Bala Mohammed who also sworn in the newly appointed Acting Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Aliyu Jibo charged him to assist the state government in repositioning the service for maximum efficiency and productivity.
The newly elected Chairman of Alkaleri Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Garba who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, announced their readiness to deepen democracy in line with the exemplary leadership of Governor Bala Mohammed.
Yusuf Garba expressed gratitude to the entire citizens of the state for giving them the opportunity and pledged to justify the confidence reposed in them. END