ByÂ Eric Ugbor
ABAâ€”The Abia State House of Assembly has been called upon to pass law, extendingÂ the tenures of local government Chairmen in the State from two to three years, to enable them to complete projects they started.
The Chairman of Ukwa East Local Government Area of Abia State, Chief Glory Kanu, made the call, at Akwete the council headquarters while receiving awards as the best performing council chairman for 2009 from two organisations, the Institute of Good Governance and Accountability, Abuja and the National Union of Asa students, Abia Poly chapter.
Kanu, who said his council spent over N200m in infrastructural development in the area in the past six months, added that for any meaningful development to take place in the local government areas, the council chairmen should be made to serve a three year termÂ and called on the state lawmakers to enact law that willÂ extend their tenure.
Kalu blamed the slow pace in the development of the rural communities on contractors, who he accusedÂ of collecting money without executing the jobs, pointing out the need for the EFCC to spread itâ€™s dragnet to arrest such erring contractors.