By Brenda Agba
The Executive Governor of Benue Thursday, swore in members of statutory boards and commission as well as two local government caretaker chairmen.
The statutory boards and commission include: Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board headed by Rev Fr Michael Melladu FJS, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board headed by Alh Sani Danjuma, State Universal Basic Education Board headed by Dr Grace Adagba and Local Government Service Commission headed by James Ivever while the two local government caretaker Chairmen sworn in were Mrs Ire Arubi and Hon Yakubu Ochepo for Oju and Agatu local government areas respectively.
Speaking during the inauguration and swearing in ceremony held in the Old Banquet Hall of Government House Makurdi, the Governor said the occasion marked a crucial step towards the realization of his administration’s vision to bring back the lost glory of government institutions, instill discipline in the work force and ensure zero tolerance for corruption.
Governor Alia who noted that his administration inherited a decline in public trust, lack of accountability and a sense of despair among citizens towards various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) charged the newly inaugurated officials to work towards restoring the people’s confidence.
According to the Governor, “Each of you had been chosen based on your proven track records of dedication to public service and unwavering commitment to the principles of transparency and integrity and I have full faith in your ability to lead with distinction and inspire other to follow suit.
“As we embark on this transformation journey, let us not forget the immense responsibility that rests upon our shoulders because Benue people have placed their trust in us and it is our duty to honour that trust by delivering on our promises.
“We must foster an environment that leaves no room for corruption to thrive by ensuring that every action we take is guided by the principle of fairness, justice and accountability.
Addressing the two local government Caretaker Chairmen, the Governor said their appointment signifies the immense trust that has been bestowed on them by the people of Oju and Agatu local government areas.
While expressing confidence in their ability to lead and bring about positive change, Alia charged the chairmen to imbibe the spirit of prudence and responsible governance saying the efficient utilization of the state’s meagre resources is of utmost importance.
He further charged all local government caretaker Chairmen across the state to remain deeply rooted in their respective local government areas saying it is imperative to stay connected with the grassroot, listen to the concerns of their constituents and address their needs effectively through policies that align with that of the state government.
“I therefore urge each and every one of you inaugurated today to embrace this opportunity with open hearts and minds, for the future of our state depends on it”, the governor summed.
Responding on behalf of others, the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), James Ivever, expressed appreciation to the Governor for finding them worthy to serve in various capacities even as he assured that they will not disappoint the state in the discharge of their duties.