Uduaghan Explains Delay In LG C’Taker Committees

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE
LOCAL Government Care Taker Committees are to be constituted soon in Delta State, the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has announced.
Speaking while swearing-in a new chairman for Ughelli South Local Government Area, Chief Vincent Otide, in Asaba yesterday, the governor said the delay in constituting the committees was occasioned by protests in certain quarters.
He said: “I take responsibility for the delay. Before their dissolution, some councils were owing their staff up to four months. We have used this period to deal with the arrears and I owe nobody any apology”.
Even as he assured that elections into the councils would be held as soon as the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) was reconstituted, Uduaghan urged the newly sworn-in chairman to ensure that workers salary are paid promptly.
He reiterated the need for local governments to live up to their primary objective of bringing development to the grassroots, stressing that if they are doing well in the areas of security and infrastructure, the burden would be less on the state government.
Responding, Chief Vincent Otide thanked the governor for the opportunity given him to serve the people of Ughelli South and promised to align himself with the PDP manifesto and the three-point agenda of the state government.
It would be recalled that the former chairman of Ughelli South council Area, Chief Dennis Djoma died on the 26th of last month.
A minute silence was observed in his honour.