Governor of Anambra state, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has inaugurated the newly confirmed 21 local government council chairpersons in Anambra state.
The new local government chairpersons were inaugurated at the state Executive Chambers, Government House, Awka.
Performing the inauguration, Governor Soludo urged the new council bosses to ensure good governance, transparency, and accountability in the discharge of their duties.
“I advise you to always put the people first in the management of the scarce resources in your respective councils,” he said.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be called upon to serve and so consider that thousands of people in your LGA who now look up to you to deliver service and change their lives”.
The governor thanked the state assembly for graciously confirming them as he formally welcomed them as members of the solution team.
He said: “in spite of the troubles, we must deliver. We don’t give excuses as members of this team. We are looking for extraordinary deliverables to meet the needs of the common man on the street, after all, that’s why government exists which is why you are called to serve. I’m sure you will overcome because you will not be alone. You have the local government, and stakeholders to work with.”
“Bear in mind that each one of you has been specially selected. Our expectations are very very high. We are expecting each of you to make a fundamental difference”.
He reminded them that their job is to drive the vision of his government to the grassroots using his manifesto as a guide.
The Governor pointed out that soon review sessions will be held so that they can be able to review from each other, learn and collaborate with each other.
“In that way, we can look at people who are performing and those who are underperforming,” the Governor said.
Soludo further charged them, saying, “The staff and primary school teachers are paid from the pool of resources of the LGA, pension, and gratuities included. The pensioners have not received their gratuities since 2018. Part of what you are going to be doing is that with you at the local level, you will be challenged with revenue financing options.”
“But I want to say to you that in every tough situation, there are blessings and opportunities. I think this team will come up with innovations and ideas of how we can go to the next level so that we will no longer depend on Federal monthly allocations. We will therefore rely heavily on you to drive government policies down to the grassroots. For example, we are going into palm revolution and coconut economy, you will be at the heart of it, together with your counselors, it will be delivered through the wards”.
And I want to say; “for Anambra to be liveable and prosperous, there must be law and order in place. That’s part of your basic duty. You have something unique to offer Ndi Anambra, go out there and deliver, because the reward for work is more work. I’m sure that as you leave here, you will head to your local governments because the work begins now”, the Governor added.