Benue gov, Alia swears in replacements for sacked three LG chairmen


Benue gov, Alia swears in replacements for sacked three LG chairmen


Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has sworn in replacements for the three local government caretaker chairmen who were recently sacked by the state’s House of Assembly.


FIRST CLASS GISTS reports that the Assembly last Tuesday sacked the caretaker chairmen of Ukum, Gboko, and Katsina-Ala LGAs for alleged mismanagement of the local government’s Internally Generated Revenue.


Swearing in the replacements last Saturday, the Benue government charged them to be transparent and work in the interest of their people, particularly given the tough economic situation in the country.


Alia noted that the local government, being the third tier of government, was critical to the operation of his administration since it plays a major role in the provision of social services to the people.

He said, “Your predecessors were disengaged because of their lack of commitment, lack of dedication, lack of responsibility and accountability and transparency.


“These are things you must never do; you must not have those elements. You must stay transparent, you must be reputable, people’s lives are handed over to you in these local governments.

“You are supposed to protect them, you are not supposed to be the ones moving out there creating more chaos or more crises

“We need to up our game for development and growth in the state; we need to give people that true service, the government works so hard that everyone one will thrive in their businesses.


“You are the primary mechanics to help people realise the government’s contribution to their lives and the lives of their local government.


“These are troubling times for the entire nation, we have lots of inflation and food insecurity. In the state, the government is trying to get people back in their farms, the IDPs are to be in safe hands until they return to their ancestral homes.”


The newly sworn caretaker chairmen are Verlumun Avar, Victor Iorzaa, and Justin Shaku for Gboko, Ukum, and Katsina-Ala LGAs, respectively.


Shaku who spoke on behalf of his colleagues expressed appreciation to the governor for the opportunity given them to serve and pledged their full support and commitment to the Alia-led administration.




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