By Muhammad Sani G.Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has sworn in newly elected Local Government Chairmen for the 17 Local Government Areas of Yobe state with a task to focus on service to the people.
The newly elected chairmen were Alhaji Sanda Kara-Bade LGA, Alhaji Zanna Bawa-Bursari LGA, Alhaji Dala Mala Buni -Gujba LGA, Alhaji Modu Kachalla- Nguru LGA, Alh. Bukar Adamu- Damaturu LGA, Alhaji Ahmed Musa- Gulani LGA, Hajiya Halima Kyari Joda- Fika LGA, Alhaji Ali Kolo Kachalla– Geidam LGA, Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim- Yusufari LGA, Alhaji Salisu Muktar- Potiskum LGA.
Others include Alhaji Baba Goni Bade- Fune LGA, Alhaji Lawan Gana- Karasuwa, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Lamido-Tarmuwa, Alhaji Bukar A. Bukar-Machina, Alhaji Abdullahi Gwayo- Jakusko, Alhaji Salisu Yerima- Nangere and Alhaji Bukar Gaji Yunusari Local Government respectively.
The occasion was performed at the Bonquet Hall of the Government House, Damaturu amidst tight security. In his address shortly after the oath taking, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni congratulated the Chairmen and Councillors on their victory in the last Saturday elections in the State.
According to him, the local government election is in compliance with the provision of Nigeria’s constitution that provides for elected chairmen and councilors for the local government administration.
He explained that “It is indeed a great milestone as we seek to institute democratic governance in local government management”.
“We have in this election seen the excellent working synergy between the state government and the good people of Yobe state in the onerous task of building a strong democracy and bringing it closer to the people”.
“I wish to register my profound appreciation and that of the state government for the peaceful manner in which the electorate conducted themselves before, during and after the elections. This is a historic testimony that the people of the state without recourse to our political differences, have great respect for one another”.
I am also delighted that our communities who were initially displaced by insurgency, have now resettled and for the first time in over a decade, cast their votes in their communities. This shows the improvement in security in the state”.
The council election he said had further demonstrated “the growing political maturity in our people where members of the opposition party turned out en masse to vote and elect chairmen and councilors of their respective local government councils although their parties did not field candidates”.
“The participation of the opposition parties was an indication that APC had in this election fielded the right candidates for the right offices”.
The Governor added that “Therefore , the investment of the people’s trust in you, is a huge challenge that requires you to live to the responsibilities of your offices. You must strive to be above board to deliver dividends of democracy to all communities in your local government areas. It is said to whom much is given; much is equally expected”.
Buni assured that the state government would always support each of the local government to execute programmes and projects to improve the lives of the people. “The state government would be on the same page with progressive minded councils whose interests are focused on the welfare of the people”.
“As you assume office, you should focus on areas that would improve your Internally Generated Revenue and ensure remittance of same into government coffers.
You should, prioritize your projects and programmes and, avoid incurring huge expenditure on non-essential items”.
“You should also ensure maintenance of government structures and assets, and improve on provision of water supply and healthcare services among others”.
“This administration attaches great importance to prudence, transparency and equity to expenditure of public funds”.
The occasion also withnessed receive of decampee Baba Abba Aji from PDP to All Progressives Congress (APC) and Haruna Bawa Waziri from Social Democratic Party (SDP) to APC.
The Governor gave them flags of the APC as symbol of entry and membership.