Governor Theodore Orji
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, Thursday rekindled hope of political aspirants at the grassroots level as he assured that elections would “soon” be held at the local governments to put an end to the cycle of transition administrations.
The governor, who gave the assurance, while swearing in a new set of 17 transition council chairmen, however, pointed out that the council poll would become a reality when funds for the exercise becomes available.
He insisted that “sanity” must be restored in the councils, especially in management of funds, so that elected council chairmen would not be saddled with inherited debts as had been the case in previous dispensations.
The governor stated that the was desirous of making the local government system to function smoothly in the state, explaining that the resort to transition committees to run the council was to avoid creating a vacuum.
He charged the new TC chairmen to make salary payment a top priority and to make prudent use of available funds, adding that they council bosses should have no room for ghost workers and corrupt practices.
Orji also told the chairmen that they must be environmentally friendly, warning that the median of the expressway should never be left by weeds.
He said keeping the road median clean should be seen by the chairmen as a security issue, which should be part of their duty.
The governor further encouraged council chairmen to key into his agenda by embarking on “legacy projects” at the grassroots level just as the state government was is already doing across the state.
Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Chukwudi Ndumele, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, expressed appreciation to the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the councils. He assured that they would not disappoint the governor and the people.