The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday swore-in the newly elected sixteen local government chairmen with a promise to work harder and closer with the local government councils and their new chief executives to find a sustainable solution to salary crisis at local government level.
At the ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Ilorin, Governor Ahmed charged the chairmen to synergise with all relevant stakeholders to raise Internally Generated Revenue to meet their statutory duties.
The governor expressed concern over the plight of local government workers, pensioners, basic education workers and other workers experiencing salary and pension delays.
Governor Ahmed particularly urged the council chairmen to work with the legislature to enact enabling laws where non-exist to back these revenue drives and with Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to exploit existing revenue lines.
Governor Ahmed who advised the newly swore-in chairmen to prioritize due process and prudence in the administration of their various councils also advised them to shun unnecessary appointments, ostentatious living and other conducts that could call their integrity to question and hamper capacity to uplift the people in these challenging times.
The Governor also charged them to give security prompt attention and design effective strategies to identify security challenges for prompt action.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Alhaji Haruna Tambiri said the swearing in was in line with fourth schedule of the nineteen ninety-nine constitution as amended and Local Government Law of Kwara State K three-three section twenty.
Alhaji Tambiri recalled that the tenure of the last elected chairmen in the state ended on the tenth of November, last year and paucity of fund led to the swearing in of caretaker committees.
Responding on behalf of the council chairmen, the Chairman Ekiti Local Government area, Mr. Yinka Dallas promised that the chairmen would work with the state government and its agencies in improving the internally generated revenue to meet
Comrade Dallas appreciated the electorate for the confidence reposed on them and promised to deliver on their campaign promises.