Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Tuesday swore in newly elected chairmen and vice-chairpersons in the 16 local government councils and 19 local council development areas (LCDAs) across the State, following their victory at the December 4 poll.
The governor urged them to prioritise the security and welfare of Ekiti people above their personal interest and manage the election year well by averting crisis and violence within and outside their domain.
Fayemi, who encouraged them to devise people-oriented projects and programmes that would improve and have a positive impact on the people, urged them to work with relevant agencies and ministries to key into his administration’s programmes and projects designed to bring about rural and community development in the state.
He told the new council bosses to devise mechanisms that would improve internally generating revenue of their councils and ensure blockage of leakages, enshrine accountability in revenue-generating process and work hand-in-hand with the state internal revenue services to promote transparency.
The Chairman Efon Local Government, Olabode Olatunji, who responded on behalf of the new chairpersons, commended the governor for restoring sanity and virtues to governance and for creating LCDAs to bring government closer to the people, increase participation and make governance inclusive.