By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State yesterday read the riot act to the newly elected chairmen of the original eight local government councils in the state, saying his administration would not accept complains of failure and non-performance from their respective councils.
Chief Sylvaâ€™s warning may be connected with the reported cases of past council chairmen in the state abandoning their respective council areas and operating from hotels in Yenagoa, the state capital, only to resurface at the council areas when the monthly allocation was ready for sharing.
The chairmen were inaugurated amidst tight security by the state chief judge, Justice Kate Abiri, at the banquet hall of Government House, Yenagoa.
Chief Sylva the new chairmen to initiate programmes that would change the sad picture of endemic poverty at the grassroots, in line with the state government’s policy thrust of empowerment, wealth creation and poverty reduction.
Admonishing the chairmen, the governor said:Â Â â€œAs you leave this hall to formally assume duties in your respective councils, we do not want to hear complains of failure and non- performance. You have no excuse to betray the confidence the people reposed in electing you.
â€œYou must put in place your very best to initiate programmes that will change the sad picture of poverty visible on the faces of our people at the grassroots, which of course must be in line with the administrationâ€™s policy thrust of empowerment, wealth creation and poverty reduction.â€
He reminded the chairmen that as the chief executives of their respective councils, it behooves on them to the issue of security seriously and must do everything within their power to complement the state government effort at sustaining the existing peace in the state.
While urging the chairmen to entrench good governance, transparency, accountability and provision of basic social amenities as their guiding principle he said â€œall of us in government will one day give account of our stewardship. Therefore, you should not be carried away by the perks of the office and remain focus to deliver your election campaign promises.