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Gov. Okowa swears in council chairmen, harps on punctuality

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday told the newly elected chairmen of the 25 local government areas that he would not tolerate absenteeism from work.

The governor gave the warning at the swearing-in ceremony of the chairmen in Asaba.

He said the development of local government areas was of great concern to his administration.

“There is a lot of work to be done in our local council areas because we are in a very hard times.

“Though we agree that things are improving, but there is still a lot to be done to take us to where we should be.

“So, to that extent, the new chairmen and all those who are going to work with them should realise that it is not going to be all rosy.

“As you resume duty, you definitely have to work with the staff and management of the local councils in the interest of the people,” Okowa said.

He also reminded the new chairmen that priority attention should be given to payment of salaries and the security in their respective local government areas.

Okowa said: “Let me remind our new chairmen and all those who are going to work with them that security of lives and property are paramount to this administration.

“So, I want to urge you and charge you that you take matters of security in your council areas seriously.

“I also expect that council chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors would return to the local government areas where they preside over.

“I would not want to have absentee council chairmen, vice chairmen or councillors in any local government in the state.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23 chairmen out of the 25 chairmen were elected on Jan. 6 while the election of the remaining two held on Jan. 9 due to violence. (NAN)

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