By Bisade Ojoye
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has charged the newly sworn in Local Government Chairman to justify the essence of their elections into their various local government areas.
The Governor gave this charge today at the inauguration of the 20 chairmen in the State, held at the Arcade, State Secretariat, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
He urged them to be accountable, equitable, transparent and prudent in running the affairs of their councils and also embrace the principle of inclusiveness in the activities of their local governments areas.
“You must be equitable. You must obey the rule of law. You must provide good governance. You must be judicious. Above all, you cannot afford to turn yourselves to “Mr. or Mrs. I know it all in the running of the activities of your local government”.
The Governor charged them not to depend totally on the allocations from the Federal Government but be creative in generating funds internally, and incorporate the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, warning in doing so, they should afford overburdening the people who are the essence and facilitators of their being in power.
Abiodun enjoined them to take a cue from the approach of the state government by being cerebral; methodical; systemic, and ensure strategic allocation of funds.
He warned the Council chairmen to justify the confidence reposed on them by the people, stressing that all eyes would be on them to justify their elections.
Abiodun told the Council chairmen that they were voted into power in order to bring a new vista of development to the people at the grassroots level.
He pointed out that with the oath of office, the council bosses have entered into a Social and Tripartite Contract with the people, themselves and above all, with God Almighty
In the like manner,, the Governor charged the people of the State to hold them accountable if they failed to deliver on their campaign promises.
The chairmen and their Deputies were elected during the council elections held across the state on Saturday, July 24, 2021.