EFCC Is Keeping An Eye On You — Alia Warns New Local Government Chairmen

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Benue Governor Hyacinth Alia has warned local government chairmen in the state to avoid any involvement in financial misappropriation, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is monitoring their actions.

He also cautioned them against leaving their council area for unofficial duties.

Governor Alia delivered this message on Monday during the opening of a two-day workshop on ‘Responsive Local Government Leadership for Effective Local Government Administration in Benue State.’

He emphasized that the chairmen should not treat Internal Generated Revenue or taxes as personal funds, but should instead focus on increasing their IGR to enhance the welfare of their constituents.

Furthermore, Governor Alia reminded the council chairmen of their responsibility to the people and urged them to prioritize the interests of the community and understand their needs.

“You must embark on human development, aim high, and let the people know that the system is working,” Alia said.

“Do not let anyone take you by surprise, as you have a big brother, EFCC, who is always beaming a searchlight on you.

“Target what our administration is looking for to enable us who are vested with this responsibility to know our social contract with the people and know the depth of service to the people and benefit of democracy.

“The theme speaks to reality, that is, the method of service delivery and management of the third tier of government. It is meant to equip you to understand your roles

The local governments are placed strategically to play a role in administrative processes, and this must be in tandem with our goals.

“See the challenges you are faced with and proffer solution. See how you can make an imprint in the LG system. You have to make the state and stakeholders and everyone involved in the state proud of you. We have given autonomy to the LG system and have plans to open the rural areas to thrive. We have mapped out strategic projects awaiting execution in our LG areas.

“Be at your station and stop parading about. Take this very seriously, be where you must be at the right time. Let the people know you. Let them not just know that you are collecting taxes but let it have an impact on them. Build heaven out of hell in your LG areas. Be the mechanic to good governance. Keep a good record when you are to depart. Give LG people comfort.”

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.