Posted by News Express | 20 October 2017 | 981 times
Dr Agatha Goma, Bayelsa Commissioner for Local Government Administration, on Thursday urged the newly appointed Transition Chairmen in the local government to reside within their domains.
Goma, who spoke at the inaugural meeting with the chairmen from eight local government areas in the state, noted that their appointment was a call to service given the high public expectations.
She told the chairmen that it was the role of the ministry to supervise the activities of the councils to ensure that the policies of government with regards to grassroots development were complied with.
She explained that the meeting was convened to make the chairmen to familiarise and understand the plans of the state government as it concerns the third tier of government.
Goma reiterated the charge given by Governor Seriake Dickson during their swearing-in ceremony, which emphasised financial prudence and compliance with financial and administrative guidelines.
She told the Council Chairmen: “I welcome you all and congratulate you for your appointment to drive the policies of the state government at the local government councils.
“Our role in the ministry is to supervise and ensure a smooth running of the local government system and I am happy to learn that you have since resumed work at your various council headquarters.
“I also wish to remind you of the need to ensure security of lives and property as directed by the state governor during your inauguration.”
Mr Wisdom Fafi, Transition Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government, who responded on behalf of the council helmsmen, applauded Goma for taking steps to update them on the policy direction of the state government.
Fafi assured that they would justify the confidence reposed on them adding that the chairmen were eager to make their tenure have impact on the rural dwellers.
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