Our government will not tolerate corruption- Gov Yahaya to newly elected LG chairmen
Chima Azubuike, Gombe
Gombe state governor, Inuwa Yahaya has warned local government chairmen about embarking on corrupt tendencies at the grassroot level.
Yahaya, handed the stern warning on Monday, while swearing-in the 11 local government chairmen, recently elected to superintend the affairs of third tier in the state.
“Let me reiterate that our Government will not tolerate corrupt practices under whatever guise. Therefore, you must all strive to live above board and ensure transparency in the conduct of your duties.
“I charge you to be fair, equitable and just to all citizens irrespective of political or cultural differences. The relative peace and harmony that is prevailing in the state must be guarded jealously.
“As agents of change at the grassroots, you are expected to come up with constructive and workable ideas for the development and transformation of your respective Local Governments. I implore you to use your wealth of experience in order to speedily move our Local Governments forward and provide the much-needed dividends of democracy to our people,” he said.
While urging the chairmen to justify the trust of the people, he called on them to ensure equitable distribution of resources.
He said, “This administration has successfully achieved its objectives of transforming the State in virtually all facets of human endeavor. It is therefore my expectation that the new Chairmen will imbibe an open-door policy in order to raise the State to an enviable height that is worthy of emulation by other states. It is expected that you will sustain this tempo in order to justify the confidence reposed in us by the electorate.
“I urge our entire people to cooperate with the newly sworn in Chairmen to enable them perform their duties effectively. I am confident that with the quality of their pedigree and that of our great party, the people of Gombe State will not be disappointed.”
Also speaking, Chairman of Billiri local government, Mrs Margaret Bitrus, stated her commitment to uplifting the suffering of the people of her local government.
Bitrus who is the only woman among the newly inaugurated council bosses said, “I look forward to embarking on developmental projects with key focus on women of the local government and the state.”