Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Tuesday said that his adminstration would continue to embrace prudence, accountability and accord priority to the programmes and projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state .
Lalong made this known while speaking at the swearing in ceremony of Hon Jock Alamba as management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government area of the state .
He said There is no time for wasteful spending and financial recklessness.
"I urge you to consult widely and carry along all stakeholders in running the affairs of the Local Government. You must be fair to all and ensure that you avoid any action that can divide the people."
"This is another significant event in the governance of our State which became necessary following the unfortunate demise of the late Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government, Hon. Barr. Ezekiel Mandyau who died in July this year. "
It is on record that he did his best to carry out people-oriented programmes and projects in the Local Government in line with our Rescue Agenda which impacted positively on the citizens. Sadly he took ill and passed on at a time when he was very active in the fight against COVID-19.
He said that the swearing-in of Hon. Jock Alamba as Management Committee Chairman for Barkin Ladi is therefore necessary in order to fill the vacuum and ensure that governance in the Local Government continues unhindered.
" As the tier of government closer to the people, the expectations are very high for delivery of basic services that will improve the living standards of the people. Therefore, you must take this assignment as a challenge for you to bring to bear your wealth of experience and make a difference."
The Governor called on the newly sworn LGA boss to work harmoniously with members of the legislative arm, traditional council and relevant groups to proffer solutions to immediate challenges especially those related to security.
He further said that " Barkin Ladi has enjoyed substantial peace over the years following intense efforts of our administration through the Plateau Peace Building Agency and the cooperation of all stakeholders and security agencies. "
"I expect you to build on this and ensure that the days of violence are gone for good. With the effort to begin community policing, there is greater hope that crimes and criminals will be tackled easily as intelligence gathering and early response improves."
Lalong also said that Government also expects the LGA boss to carry out robust community engagement and public awareness campaign in the fight against COVID-19 as the state is currently witnessing community transmission.
" We must work harder in mobilizing the people particularly at the grassroots to follow all protocols and observe guidelines."
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