Ensure no hiding place for criminals, Bello tells newly elected LG chairmen, others

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has charged newly sworn in Chairmen and vice Chairpersons of the 21 local government areas of the state to deal mercilessly with criminals in their domains.

Governor Bello said the security of their respective areas must be guaranteed under their watch.

The governor gave this charge while speaking on Monday at the swearing in of the executive chairmen and vice chairmen after the just concluded December 12, 2020 local government polls in the state.

He said when his administration came on board, it met an already disbanded local government council which his administration reinstated following court order which his predecessor refused to acknowledge.

He noted that although his administration believed that the people at the grassroots deserved leadership, his government was hindered by lack of fund and could not conduct a local government election at that time.

Governor Bello sais as a government, he was able to pull resources together to conduct the recently concluded polls, and with the cooperation of the people of the state, the polls held freely, fairly and peacefully without hiccups before, during and after the exercise.

He said similar event in the old kwara state degenerated into serious chaos because of poor leadership but under his watch it went easily without a sound of gun shot.

The governor expressed confidence that the swearing in event was another demonstration of unity and oneness, and that leaders across the world were witnessing a practical display of good leadership.

He noted that the newly elected persons have “gone through the blast furnace, and have become fire brand leaders who were competent as they have been tested enough to deliver.

Speaking in his opening address, Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs Barrister Salami Momodu Ozigi said the overwhelming victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the just concluded LG polls was an attestation to governor Bello’s good leadership.

He added that Bello’s dogged commitment to leadership has birthed a peaceful Kogi state which translated to the peaceful conduct of the local government in an unprecedented manner.

The commissioner urged the newly sworn-in local government executive and others to replicate the new direction development template in their various local areas while they also do their best to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorate.

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