ByÂ Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN-CITYâ€”THE Chairman of Edo State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Augustine Amune, has flayed the poor performance of workers in the state’s 18 local government councils.
He said unless the councils were re-invigorated and re-engineered, they would not justify their relevance as a third-tier of government.
Amune spoke at a workshop on due process for transparency and accountability in the local government system.
He said the commission had taken time to assess the various trends, incidents and issues relating to indiscipline and declining productivity and the third-tier of governance, noting that the signals were very disappointing.
â€œIt is clear from what we have heard and seen so far that the human capital of local government has to be re-invigorated and re-engineered from the business-as- usual syndrome.
â€œIf the local government system is to justify its existence and relevance as a third-tier of governance, this must be the benchmark,â€ he said.
Amune explained that â€œit is against this back ground that the commission considers it necessary to change the mind-set of the top echelons of the service through a well-packaged workshop that will promote the rule of law and establish the culture of transparency and accountability in the service. â€œThat is why we are glad that we have an experienced consulting firm in Royal Bull.â€
Managing Director of Royal Bull, Mr. Desmond Owie, described the present administration in the state as anÂ embodiment of due process and commended the commission for finding it necessary to organise the workshop.
According to him, this is in tandem with the due transparency policy of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
â€œWe have observed that since the inception of this administration, contracts have been awarded based on competence and due process and that is why we have observed radical changes in the state’s workforce.
â€œIt is the desire of the state government to impact that same success to the councils because they are the grassroots.
â€œThe effort of the government must be complemented by that of the local governments so that we can experience meaningful development in the state,â€ he stated.