By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose yesterday, advised the 16 newly elected Local Government Chairmen in Ekiti State to erase the thought of going to steal in the councils, saying there is no money in their coffers.
Fayose, who urged the 16 newly-elected council chairmen to take the issue of internally-generated revenue serious, emphasising the need to strive to augment statutory allocations, also admonished them to tailor their expenses to the size of their revenue.
According to him, “If anyone of you have the intention of going to steal in the council you should erase that immediately from your mind. there is no money now. The economy is seriously in trouble in Nigeria. The huge debt left by APC government is still there now for this government”.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti on Monday during the inauguration of the chairmen, the governor also said in line with the policy of empowering people at local level, each councillor and chairman would use N20,000 out of their monthly salaries to empower two persons in their wards.
Fayose also warned wives of the chairmen against extravagant way of life that could jeopardise the interest people at the grassroot, but charge them to support their spouses to work and ensure that the people enjoy the dividend of democracy.
“After seven years, Ekiti has democratised local councils. That is the hallmark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The last local government election was conducted by Governor Segun Oni of the PDP. It does not matter where former Governor Segun Oni is today, he can still come back home. I went and came back too. Whatever the opposition says about the poll is their funeral,’’ he said.
Assembly confirms LG service commission board members
Meantime, the State House of Assembly has confirmed the nomination of Mr Olusola Nicholas Omotoso and two others as members of the board of the state Local Government Service Commission.