By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN — GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, said weekend, that the state government will, in the first week of January 2013, organise a town hall meeting on how to get the local government administrations in the state deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.
Also to hold same time, is a security summit to address the security challenges in the state, while Central Hospital, Benin, which suffered a setback in the outgoing year, will be completed and equipped with modern facilities.
Oshiomhole, at a meeting with traditional rulers across the state at Government House, Benin, said: “We need your support to make the local governments work for the people. In a democracy, the only thing that is constant is change. We cannot continue like this at the local government level. We cannot have local governments that are there to pay salaries alone.”
The governor, who expressed dismay over the activities of the local governments, said among other reforms to be carried out were trimming down of wasteful expenditure, which will be diverted to capital projects such as the building of markets in the respective local governments.
“I will seek your support to restore sanity to our public life. We have to carry out major reforms across the state and we will need to be more firm,” he added.