By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin-City
THE newly appointed Transitional Committee members appointed to run the affairs of the 18 Local Government Councils of Edo state, were yesterday sworn-in by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the state.
Their appointment followed the dissolution of the leadership of the 18 Local Government Councils by Oshiomhole last Monday.
Addressing the members, the governor tasked them to invest 70 per cent of their capital project funds in rebuilding of primary schools in their respective councils.
Oshiomhole also used the opportunity to apologise to those who made one sacrifice or the other during his campaigns and the legal battle, but are yet to be appointed into any position, saying that though it would be difficult to employ everybody into positions “
I will ensure that we execute projects that will touch the lives of our people positively.”
He said: “We believe that the budget of the local governments must compliment that of the state government. This year to 2011, we want the local government to focus on primary education.
“It is not acceptable that our children, the children of the poor are sitting on the floor. We have started doing some thing but I have been forced to admit that for us to cover all the schools and even build new ones, it will take several years if we continue at the pace that we can afford at the moment.
“Therefore, we need massive investment in that sector, so we are directing the local governments to devote nothing less than 70 per cent of their capital project to rebuild the schools in your respective local governments.
“At the end of the day, we want your own people to be able to say during your tenure, this number of schools was built and we will use the same specification across the 18 Local Government Areas. For me this is the main agenda.