By Brenda Agba
Local government interim committee chairmen in Benue State have been charged to be prudent in the management of resources.
Governor Hyacinth Alia gave this charge Thursday during a meeting with the Local Government Interim Committee Chairmen at Government House in Makurdi.
Speaking further, the Governor said, “As representatives of the people, you hold the key to unlocking
progress, development and prosperity in your respective
Today, I want to emphasize the importance of prudent
management of resources, discipline, the need to remain
present in your local government areas and the significance
of regular meetings with traditional rulers and security
agencies. These pillars of effective governance are crucial
in ensuring the well-being of our communities and the
fulfillmnent of our collective aspirations.
According to the Governor, prudence in resource management is the bedrock of sustainable development.
“As stewards of public funds, it is
essential that we exercise the highest level of financial
responsibility. We must adopt transparent and accountable
practices that maximize the impact of every naira spent. By prioritizing the needs of the people and investing wisely in infrastructure, healthcare, education, and social services through which we can elevate the standard of living for all who call our local government areas home.
“Discipline is the guiding principle that keeps us focused, organized, and accountable. As leaders, we must set an example by adhering to ethical standards, upholding
the rule of law, and demonstrating integrity in alI our actions.
“By promoting a culture of discipline among our officials and workforce, we can foster an environment where progress is achieved through hard work, dedication, and ethical conduct.
On the issue of absenteeism, the Governor maintained that, “Staying present in our local government areas is paramount towards understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that exist within our communities. As chairmen, it is crucial that you stay at your duty post, live among our constituents, listen to their concerns, and actively engage with them on a regular basis.
“By being present, we can better address the needs of our communities, identify areas for improvement, and create tailored solutions that drive sustainable
While insisting that the Interim Committee Chairmen seek approval from the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs before leaving their council areas, Alia described regular meetings with traditional rulers and security
agencies as essential for effective governance.
“Traditional leaders hold wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and
experience that can guide us in making informed decisions
that positively impact our communities. Collaborating with
security agencies is vital to ensure the safety and well-being
of our constituents.
“By fostering strong relationships with traditional rulers and security agencies, we can forge
partnerships that promote peace, harmony, and progress in
our local government areas.”
He further urged them to
maintain a cordial relationship with appointees of his
Government from their local governments and constantly
brief them on the happenings in their domain so as to foster
a collaborative partnership that will work for the good of
“By doing so, we wilI pave the way for meaningful change, prosperity and a better future for our
communities. Let us lead with dedication, humility, and a genuine
commitment to the people we serve”, the Governor summed.