The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has advised the legislative and executive arms of local government councils to maintain robust working relationship to take their councils and the state to the next level of development.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman of the committee, gave the advice on Tuesday when the committee paid an oversight visit to Karu Local Government Council of the state.
Alkali also urged the stakeholders and other citizens to support their chairmen in order to take their councils and the state to a higher level of development.
The chairman added that every leader needs the support and prayers of his people to succeed, hence the need for his call.
“We are here to see things by ourselves as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended has empowered us to do so.
“We are out to reposition the local government system and we will continue to do everything humanly possible to make the local government system work effectively.
“We are delighted that from four months now, the staff members of local government councils are enjoying 100 per cent of their salaries.
“This was a result of the staff screening exercise in which the House has directed all local government chairmen to conduct workers screening.
“This is to tackle the menace of ghost workers and illegal promotion, among other negative acts, affecting the local government system in the state,” he said.
He restated the assembly’s continued commitment to enact laws and pass resolutions that would have a direct bearing on the lives of the people at the grassroots and the state at large.
Responding, Mr Samuel Akala, the Chairman of Karu Local Government Council, commended the committee for the visit while assuring them of his continued commitment to developing the area.
Akala told the committee that the problem of cultism and other security challenges have dropped drastically in the area.
He said that the council has embarked on providing infrastructures such as road construction and solar-powered street lights in order to improve on the quality of lives of people in the area.
He, however, told the committee to address some of the challenges facing the council like the activities of land grabbers and poor infrastructure.