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Be law abiding, Gov Ortom tells LG chairmen

By Margaret Oraza

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has advised council chairmen of the 23 local government areas of the state to operate within the extant laws guilding administration of local government system.

Governor Ortom gave the advise Wednesday at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi when he declared open a three-day workshop organized by the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in partnership with the Benue State University Consultancy Service Limited with the theme: “A People Centred Technological and Innovative Administration for Council Chairmen, Deputies, Local Government Secretaries, Supervisors, DGSAs, Treasurers, Advisors, Supervisors and Councillors.”

The governor charged the council chairmen to work in synergy with other critical stakeholders at the third tier of government, even as he urged them not to see their two (2) years tenure as too small to add value to development at the grassroots.

“Work very hard, talk to your people, interact with people, be accessible and live a mark of development for you,” the hovernor maintained.

He further stated that the council chairmen are the closest government officials to people at the grassroots, just as he urged them to reside in their various council areas and operate an open door policy by always being accessible and meeting the needs of the local dwellers.

Governor Ortom also tasked the chairmen to be focused, warned them against acquiring bank loans without due approval from their legislative council members.

In his welcome remark, Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, Prof. Tor Iorapuu, who spoke on behalf of the facilitators of the workshop, appreciated the governor for sharing his experience as a former council chairman of Guma with the chairmen and expressed the belief that the workshop will avail the chairmen and the councillors requisite knowledge to effectively pilot the affairs in their areas.

Prof. Iorapuu, speaking on leadership communication urged participants to be focused, and think of what could be better and remarkable to the society.

“Communicate with them, relate with them what is your purpose and your focus for development.

“Allow people to do what they are supposed to do in various departments and the goals,” Iorapuu explained.

A Don of Political Science Department, Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Akase Sorkaa, spoke on Local Government Administration, Structure, Functions and Importance in Benue State. He said, according to (Enyi 2014), local government administration refers to an arrangement under which local communities are organized to maintain law and order that provides some limited range of social services and public utilities and encourage the cooperation and participation of the inhabitants towards the improvement of their living conditions.

He maintained that the local government is structured into two arms in Benue State, the executive and the legislative arms, however, he said it has fallen below expectations.

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