By Faith Igbudu
Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Dennis Akura, has changed the newly sworn in caretaker committee chairmen to sanitize revenue collection and remittance process in their respective local government areas.
The adviser gave the charge last Tuesday while receiving them in his office shortly after their inauguration where he gave them a short briefing about their responsibilities as caretaker chairmen.
He lamented that generation of revenue which is supposed to benefit everyone including the state has been hijacked by a few interested parties at the various local governments.
Dr. Akura warned the caretaker chairmen not to contribute to the decay but redeem the process and ensure that every generated revenue hits the remittance account.
“When you go to some local governments, you will see the hands of some stakeholders in the revenue, it is very deep, we want this hands to be removed.
“We want the local government revenue to flow into the purse of the local government. This revenue forms part of the indices used by the Federal Revenue and Fiscal Allocation Committee to determine what comes to the state.
“The revenue should not be the “okro” of the chairman” he said.
He advised the caretaker committee chairmen not to run a solo government or sideline anyone for any reason but endeavour to carry everyone along, adding that they must follow the required pattern of financial expenditures in government which is, “process, procedure and law”.
The adviser stressed the need for them to have accurate financial records, saying everything must be documented.
He also charged the chairmen to be on security alert as they are the chief security officers of their local governments.
He said the era where a chairman will relocate and stay separate from his people is gone as every chairman will have to give security account for his people when the need arises.
Other salient issues that were mentioned bothered on punctuality, absenteeism, undue travels and operational guidelines
Responding, the chairman of Konshisha Local Government, Hon Philips Achuah, who spoke for zone A, that of Gwer-East, Hon Mrs. Comfort Agbo for zone B and that of Apa, Hon Ochayi Alidu, for zone C, in their separate remarks pledged their unalloyed support to the Alia led administration, promising not to betray the confidence reposed in them.
The chairmen also said they will not truncate the development drive of the administration but replicate same at the grassroots.