Why I Granted Full Autonomy To Local Government Councils – Gov Alia


Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has said his administration granted full autonomy of the 23 Local Government Areas in order to boost the economies of the rural areas to witness tremendous growth and impact positively on the people.

He also said that the administration has also marshalled out adequate plans to open up the rural areas to enable their economies to thrive.

Governor Alia, who stated these while declaring open a Two-Day workshop organised by the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in conjunction with Timarage Nigeria Limited, for chairmen and members of the local government interim Executives in the state, said his administration has equally mapped out strategic projects and programmes for execution and implementation in all the Local Government Areas.

He said that by the time the projects and programmes are completed, the chequered history of the rural areas in the state will be completely reversed,

In his words; “I am happy to State that my administration has given its full blessings to the autonomy of our Local Governments. Funds due to the Local Governments will be promptly. We are therefore, committed to the growth and development of the system and have outlined adequate plans to open up the rural areas to enable rural economies to thrive.

“I have mapped out strategic projects and programmes which we are due to start execution and implementation in all the Local Government Areas. It is hoped that by the time we complete these projects and programmes, the chequered history of our rural areas will be completely reversed,” he assured.

While stressing the pivotal role the local government system plays in the development process of the Nation, Governor Alia appealed to the Local Government committees to intensify efforts towards increasing their internally generated revenue, so as to boost their capacity to provide for the welfare of their people.

The governor urged the council chairmen to ensure they remain closer to their people and to also uphold accountability, integrity and transparency in their work, as according to him, those are central to his administration.

Alia also charged them to embrace synergy and team work to enable them to collectively achieve their goals.

Earlier in his address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Dennis Akura, said the essence of the workshop is to build the knowledge of the chairmen and members of the Local Government Interim Executive Committees as well as to equip them with a better understanding of their roles for effective service delivery at the third tier of Government.

Akura urged the participants to take full advantage of the workshop so that they will be able to support the efforts of the governor at the grassroots level.

A statement by Sir Tersoo Kula, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, said the Two Day Workshop with the theme “Responsive Local Government Leadership for Effective Local Government Administration in Benue State,” was put together for Caretaker Chairmen, their Deputies, Director General Services and Administration (DGSAs) as well as the Local Government Supervisors.

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