Ensure Prompt Payment Of Salaries

BY FIDELIS EGUGBO DELTA State Governor, Senator
(Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday
presided at the swearingin
ceremony of the Chairmen of
Ethiope East and Ughelli North
local government areas, Chief Faith
Majemite and Hon. Godwin Adode
respectively, saying payment of
salaries should be a priority for the
chairmen.
According to Governor Okowa who
spoke at the impressive ceremony
that took place at Government House,
Asaba, chairmen of councils “should
pay salaries first before engaging in
any other venture.”
He also, challenged the Chairmen
of councils in the state to pay
special attention to environmental
cleanliness, noting that ‘clean cities
and towns are necessary to attract
inventors and make such areas
habitable.’ “We must institute lasting
measures to keep our environments
clean, it is the duty of local
government councils to keep the
environment clean, our environment
must be clean for investors to come
in, make us healthier and happy,” the
Governor said, observing that the
state government had intervened
severally in the area of making the
state clean, despite the fact that it is
the duty of local government councils
to ensure such.
He also urged the Chairmen
to take issues of primary health
care seriously, cooperate with the
state Primary Health Care Agency,
and harness the benefits of the
contributory health insurance
scheme of his administration.
The Governor, who congratulated
the Chairmen and the Vice Chairmen,
as well as the Councillors on their
victories at the polls, used the
occasion to also tell them to take
the issue of security seriously in
their areas and ensure that they live
within their council areas, asserting,
“we will not have absentee chairmen
and councillors, live in your local
government areas, at all times we
should note that our position is
to serve the people, we must be
humble with the way we relate with
people.”
“You (council chairmen) should
find out what is going on at the state
government level and ensure that
your people key into the programmes
of the state government, be prudent
with the management of resources
and do not be lousy on the job,” the
Governor said.
Responding on behalf of her
colleague, Chief Majemite assured
Governor Okowa, the government
and people of Delta State that they will
carry out their functions diligently
with the rendering of selfless service
as the watchword.
Dr Chris Oharisi, in a chat with
journalists shortly after the event,
observed that the inauguration of the
two chairmen showed the beauty of
democracy as their election was held
at a date different from that of their
colleagues.
“Today, we are here to cheer
our Chairmen, show solidarity
with our party, you know the first
set of 23 Council Chairmen were
sworn-in last Monday and today,
we just witnessed the swearingin
of two other chairmen, it is the
beauty of democracy and showed
that the Delta State Independent
Electoral Commission (DSIEC)
carried out its job diligently and
ensured that elections were held in
a peaceful atmosphere,” Dr Oharisi
who is a member of the Governing
Council, Delta State School of Health
Technology, Ofuoma-Ughelli said.

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