Transcript of "Governor fayemi's speech at the inauguration of the newly appointed chairmen of local government caretaker committees"
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR. KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEWLY APOINTED CHAIRMEN OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT CARETAKER COMMITTEES IN ADO – EKITI ON WEDNESDAY, 8TH JUNE, 2011 PROTOCOLS It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all to this inauguration ceremony of the newly appointed chairmen of the caretaker committees of the local government councils in the state. This occasion is very important as it is meant to inject life into local government administration, the councils of which were recently dissolved. The dissolution of the councils became inevitable going by the Local Government Administration Law which stipulates a period of three month tenure for LG Caretaker Committees that can only be renewed once. By the time the Committees were dissolved on May 15, they had spent the mandatory six months and being a product of rule of law itself, the administration had no alternative other than to respect the provisions of the Law on their tenure and had to dissolve them accordingly. This is in demonstration of the resolve of the administration to be guided by extant laws in all circumstances. Our earlier decision to dissolve the illegal councils was further vindicated two days ago by the Court decision that the so called election that brought them in was illegal, null and void. It is no exaggeration to note that today’s event is another milestone in the history of local government administration in the State. I however wish to acknowledge that this is made possible by the resolution of the state House of Assembly passed at its first plenary session on Tuesday, 7th June 2011 and consequently transmitted to me as required. Because of its proximity to the people, the local government plays vital roles in the development of the State. This administration places much premium on bottom-‐up approach to development which makes the local government to be primly located in the vehicle driving our growth strategies. It is expected therefore that there must be effective mobilization for community participation in the development and management as well as community ownership of sustainable outcomes. 1
The leadership of the caretaker committees had been carefully selected to reflect broad geographical spread with fair representations but with merit and capability to deliver as major parameters for their appointment. These distinguished ladies and gentlemen are found to be diligent and fit in character and antecedents to occupy these positions of responsibility and trust. You cannot afford to falter at the challenges being put on your shoulders. You have to know from the onset that all eyes are on you not only at your different localities but also across the state. It is very clear to everyone that funds available for government businesses are dwindling by the day. Allocations from the federation account are basically inadequate to run government particularly at the state and local government levels. The position of Ekiti State is quite critical being at the bottom of the ladder of earners of federal allocations. These politico-‐economic realities are reminding us of the need to look inward more aggressively than ever before to source for revenue to execute our numerous programmes as captured in the 8 Point Agenda aimed at transforming the state. My first challenge to you, therefore, is to oil your internal revenue generation machineries to generate needed funds. This must bring out the ingenuity in you because inadequate funding would as a matter of fact limit your performances. May I make it very clear to you, nonetheless, that no excuse would be considered good enough to explain non-‐performance. So you cannot afford to fail in the task of effecting visible growth of your area. You must therefore adhere very strictly to the principles guiding financial management so as to derive maximum output from the available scarce resources. I wish to use this unique opportunity to reiterate the position of this administration on the unacceptability of growing unemployment rate in the State. This is not an idle statement. All local governments are expected to fashion out youth empowerment programmes to replicate the State Government version to gainfully occupy our young and agile citizens roaming the streets in search of the elusive white collar jobs. You are all aware of the recent sudden resurface of criminal activities by some hoodlums in the state resulting in armed robbery attacks, rapes and the like. These are unnecessary distractions in a State that had been enjoying deserved and unprecedented peace in the past six months that this administration had come to power. As Chief Security Officers in your respective council areas, you have to maintain peace and enduring security of lives and property. The State Government will be uncompromising in dealing decisively with any criminally intended individuals and their collaborators no matter how highly placed. Consequently, I want you to avail yourselves with the full advantage of the Crime Prevention Scheme launched yesterday which was personally witnessed by the nation’s Inspector 2
General of Police because of its high potency to combat crimes. To maintain the peace at all times, you are to please establish a procedure to handle all complaints within your area with the active involvement of our traditional rulers and sufficient cooperation with the law enforcement agencies. It is the desire of our government to deliver quality health services to our people wherever their places of abode may be. You have to ensure that there is improved access to Primary Health Care services by all citizens in your area particularly the very poor, the aged, the vulnerable and the physically disadvantaged people. It is also necessary to remind you that this administration has zero tolerance for corruption. As men and women of integrity which we know you to be, I wish to charge you to shun corrupt practices in your official conduct with determination no matter how attractive they may appear. This is because no act of corruption would be shielded from legitimate prosecution. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this government was installed on the crescendo of people’s goodwill. For over three years we were together in the trenches until the stolen mandate was recovered. To say that these good people of Ekiti State deserve tangible dividends of democracy is saying the obvious. That is why you have to be good listeners so as to take proactive actions that would translate to dividends of democracy for our people. Consequently, within the next three months, you must successfully rehabilitate and/or reconstruct a minimum of five (5) kilometers of township road network in your locality. I will closely monitor this directive. Let me, at this juncture; announce to the good people of Ekiti State that the government is putting its act together to have a democratically elected government at the local governments. Necessary machineries would soon be set in motion to hold local government elections in the state. Meanwhile, in order to inject fresh air of structural rejuvenation into the Local Government system, the Government recently conducted an appraisal, and measurement tests for all Directors of Administration, Treasurers and other senior staff of our Local Governments. The result of the exercise is being looked into. In the interim however, all Directors of Administration and Treasurers are to proceed on leave immediately. They are to hand over to the most senior officers in the respective Departments. 3
Distinguished guests, it is now may honour to inaugurate the chairmen of Local Government council Caretaker Committees of Ekiti State to the glory of God and service to humanity. 4