From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has sworn in the newly elected 23 Local Government chairmen elected last Saturday.
At the event held in the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike charged them to prioritise the payment of workers’ salaries and the promotion of security and environmental sanitation.
He said: “Now that you have emerged through a credible process, you must prioritise payment of salaries; this is as no excuses will be tolerated.
“The council money is for salaries, development of the areas and security. You should endeavour to leave legacies of development across the state. Make a difference through the development of your local government areas,” Wike said.
He also advised the chairmen to work closely with security agencies in their local government areas, adding that “you must create avenues of cooperation with all the security agencies. That will help you create the right environment for development to take place in your areas.”
The governor charged the council chairmen of Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru and Degema to develop the right platforms to ensure that their communities are safe.
He challenged the chairmen of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Oyigbo Local Government Area and Eleme Local Government Area to take serious steps to ensure they clean specific areas in their councils.
Wike also urged the chairmen to work amicably with their councillors to avoid unnecessary conflicts that will cripple their councils.
On the conduct of the elections, Governor Wike commended the security agencies for ensuring the peaceful and credible conduct of the polls.
He also commended the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting free, fair and credible polls.