Gov Abiodun swears in 20 elected council chairmen, 236 councillors

Gov Abiodun swears in 20 elected council chairmen, 236 councillors

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has sworn in the 20 newly elected local government chairmen and 236 ward councillors.

PM News reported that all the elected chairmen were from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking during the ceremony in Abeokuta on Monday, Abiodun promised to provide good governance which would continue to strengthen the local government administration in the state.

He said that the election could have taken place earlier but for the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need to adhere strictly to the prevention protocols.

The governor added that their assumption of office should bring a new vista of development to the people at the grassroots.

Abiodun charged them to be inclusive, transparent, accountable, fair, equitable, obey the rule of law, provide good governance and be judicious.

Meanwhile, he urged them not to rely exclusively on allocations from the Federal Government, urging them to be creative in generating funds internally, as well as through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.

"But in doing this, you cannot afford to over-burden the people who are the essence and facilitators of your being in power.

"You should take a cue from our approach at the state level by being cerebral, methodical, systemic and ensure strategic allocation of funds.

"Let me assure you all that our administration at the state level will continue to support our council areas with funds where and when necessary.

"We must understand that the democratic process does not end at electing representatives but also in helping them to do what we have elected them to do," he said.

The governor expressed optimism that the new chairmen would justify the confidence reposed on them by providing credible and quality leadership and services at their respective councils.

He reassured that his administration would continue to respect the autonomy of the local councils by giving necessary support to the chairmen to carry out their constitutional responsibilities.

Earlier, in his goodwill message, the Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, urged the chairmen to seek counsel from traditional rulers to move the councils forward.

Mr Yemi Sanusi, the State Caretaker Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC ) appealed to the chairmen to embark on grassroots programmes.

Sanusi said that it was important to alleviate the suffering of the people at the grassroot levels.

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