Governor Patrick Yakowa
Barely 48 hours after they were elected, the Kaduna State Governor, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, Monday swore-in the newly-elected local government chairmen, warning them against abandoning their localities for the cities.
Speaking at the swearing in ceremony of 23 council chairmen who emerged victorious at the polls conducted last Saturday at the State House (Hassan Katsina House), the governor decried a practice where council chairmen abandon their area councils by going to hide in the cities and becoming inaccessible to the people.
He said his administration would not tolerate such attitude.
According to him, “The practice whereby local government chairmen abandon their localities for the metropolis at the slightest excuse will not be condoned again by this administration.
“I expect all of you to stay with your people at your respective local governments. You asked them for their votes and they gave you, so I don’t expect you not to stay with them and listen to them.
“Because you are the closest tier of government to the people, you have a big burden on you not to disappoint them. Their eyes will be on you and my own eyes will also be on you,” he said.
The governor, who noted that the newly-elected council chairmen were coming into government at a time of serious challenges, urged them to quickly settle down and implement the vision they had for the people in their councils because of the high expectations among the masses.
Yakowa said further that the just concluded elections weren’t so much about who won or who lost, but it was about who has the capacity to propel development and impact positively on the people.
The governor commended the people of the state for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the election.
While the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 22 chairmanship seats, the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) won only one chairmanship seat; Kaduna North.