The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has urged the 20 newly inaugurated Local Government chairmen to think out of the box in generating revenue for their respective areas.
Abiodun, in his speech at the inauguration ceremony held at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Monday, advised them to engage in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in developing the Local Governments.
The governor charged them to embark on people-friendly projects that would be beneficial to those that voted them into power.
He said, “You must also understand that you cannot rely exclusively on allocations from the Federal Government. You will have to be creative in generating funds internally and incorporate the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.
” But in doing this, you cannot afford to over-burden the people who are the essence and facilitators of your being in power. You should take a cue from our approach at the State level by being cerebral; methodical; systemic and ensure strategic allocation of funds. Let me assure you all that our Administration at the State level, will continue to support our LGAs with funds where and when necessary.
“In doing this, you must be inclusive; you must be transparent; you must be accountable; you must be fair; you must be just; you must be equitable; you must obey the rule of law; you must provide good governance; you must be judicious. Above all you cannot afford to turn yourselves to “Mr or Mrs I know it all.” A wise man once said, “Even though a ruler may be wise as a sage, he must humble himself and yield to others. Then the intelligent will offer him their counsel and the brave will exert themselves to the fullest for him”.”
The governor equally appreciated the people of the State for coming out in large numbers on Saturday, 24, July 2021, to exercise their civic responsibility while urging them to hold chairmen accountable.
“I call on all the people of our dear State, particularly at the Local Government level to hold these Council Chairmen accountable. You have voted them in. You should also ensure that you continue to give them suggestions on how to improve the lots of the people in their areas.
“We must understand that the democratic process does not end at electing representatives but also in helping them to do what we have elected them to do. Democracy is not an event, it is a process. In fact, “Ise ko ti tan, Ise sese bere ni.”
“I want to assure you that our Administration will continue to respect the autonomy of the local governments and give you the necessary support to carry out your constitutional responsibilities.”
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