Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has warned the newly sworn in Caretaker Committee chairmen of local governments against frivolities but to concentrate in the provision of social services within the short period they would serve their people.
Emmanuel gave the directive while swearing-in the caretaker committee chairmen for the 31 local councils in Uyo.
The governor explained that the directive had become necessary because of the shortness of their tenure urging them to concentrate on the rehabilitation of rural roads, primary health care, primary education and rural electrification.
He charged them to show dedication towards developing their council areas in order to disabuse the general belief that councils in the country cannot work.
“Your tenure may not be long enough to embark on and complete capital projects, but provision of social services such as rehabilitation of rural roads, primary health care, primary education and rural electrification are the least that would be expected of you.
“Your performance should go a long way to erase the widely held public perception that council chairmen can be found in offices only when federal allocation comes, and after disbursement, they return to their bases in the state capital,” he said.
It would be recalled that, the State House of Assembly had last week dissolved the 31 council areas of the state and directed the former chairmen to return the council property and documents to the Head of
Service in their respective councils.
The governor further reminded the appointees not to see their appointment as reward for political patronage but an opportunity to prove to their people their capabilities in leadership and ability to
win public trust.
“Let me make it clear that your appointment is not a reward for your political investments. Rather it is a call to service. It offers you two opportunities. One, to prove yourselves competent to provide leadership, with the possibility of being called upon to serve in other or at higher levels, and two, to prove to your people that, you are worthy of public trust,” he added.
He thanked the immediate past council chairmen for their
contributions towards the development of the state. Nigerian Pilot reports that seven of the former chairmen were reappointed including those of Etinan, Ini, ONNA, Ibeno, Uruan, Mkpat Enin and Oron.

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