PORT HARCOURT â€” GOVERNOR Rotimi Amaechi has scored some local government chairmen in the state low in terms of performance.
The Governor, who spoke during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the European Union and the state government also urged the European Union to assist in the training of local government chairmen and other strategic officers on issues of transparency and accountability, so as to enable the people at the grass root get maximum value from local government administration.
Amaechi said the state government was prepared to partner with the EU in the training of key officers on transparency, so that the people at the grass root could trust the management of their resources and believe in the programmes of government.
â€œVery few of them are doing wellâ€, the Governor stressed, while restating the need to train the local government chief executives to appreciate the difference between public and private funds.
â€œWe will be equally glad if you can train these people on to best practices in local governanceâ€, he said, noting that governance at the local government level at the moment was like a place where loyalists gather to share the national cake.
Governor Amaechi, who signed the agreement on behalf of the state government, expressed delight that the European Union was partnering with the state in the development of the state. He said he was hopeful that the synergy between both parties would provide succor for the people, especially in terms of development.
In his speech at the event, the representative of the European Union (EU), Mr. Ramon Reigada said the MoU will among other things encourage reforms and community participation.
in the Niger Delta States and invite the local and state governments to provide more service delivery in terms of basic infrastructures.
Mr. Reigada, who is the Head of Rural, Social, Health and Water and Sanitation Unit of the EU in Nigeria, said the size of the micro-projects will be increased compared to the previous MPPs, noting that about 130 micro-projects will be financed in each state under the new scheme.
â€œThe intention is also that good practices will be replicated by the LGAs and the state in their own resources once the programme is overâ€, Mr. Reigada, who signed the MOU on behalf of the EU said.
Earlier, the Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman said the EU interest in the development of the Niger Delta was aimed at creating visibility in the area, promote gender equality, accountability in Local Government Areas and awareness creation on gender and human rights.
The Minister, who was represented by Mr. Abiodun Taiwo, also expressed optimism that the partnership between the National Planning Commission, the EU and the Rivers State Government would be of great benefit to the people.