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*Bata Charges LG Bosses To Prioritize Revenue Generation

 

Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) Chairmen in Kwara State have been charged to intensify more efforts on revenue generation, by ensuring total blockage in order to free up revenue for capital projects and boost economic activities across board.

The newly appointed Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs, and Community Development, Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi Bata made the charge during his maiden meeting with the councils helmsmen, held at the Conference Room of the Ministry.

In a press release signed by Oba Azeez, Press Secretary, Min. of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development and made available to Just Event Online TV

The Commissioner disclosed that the meeting became imperative due to the need for him to get first hand information and be on the same page as regards the administration of Local Government Councils.

Hon. Bata disclosed further that the Ministry is only performing its statutory responsibilities of monitoring and guiding the activities of the Councils, pointing out that the Councils were autonomous in taking decisions based on their respective peculiarities.

Dwelling more on revenue generation, he appealed to the chairmen to endeavour to train their revenue officers on modern techniques, and equip them to effectively discharge their responsibilities in view of the pivotal role revenue generation plays in any growing economy.

The Commissioner reminded the Chairmen that they are the Chief Security Officers in their respective councils, and as such, must get themselves abreast of every happenings in their domains.

He enjoined them to maintain cordial relationship with security chiefs and, most importantly, involve the Traditional Rulers and relevant stakeholders in the maintenance of peaceful coexistence.

Speaking further, Bata commended the Committee of Chairmen on the numerous feats recorded so far since their inception in the administration of the third tier of government.

He, however, implored them to do more, noting that he was aware that councils were known for paying amputated salaries before the inception of the present administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

Bata specifically eulogized Governor AbdulRazaq for allowing the Councils to be autonomous without any interference from the state government or any of its apparatus.

Earlier, the TIC Chairman of Ifelodun Local Government, who also doubles as the Chairman of All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Kwara State Chapter, Prince Jide Ashonibare, who responded on behalf of his colleagues congratulated the Commissioner on his well deserved appointment.

Ashonibare acknowledged the submissions of the Commissioner, maintaining that his wealth of experience as a former Secretary to the Local Government and later Chairman of Kaiama Local Government, would be much needed in an advisory capacity for the development of the Council Areas.

He assured the Commissioner of their absolute loyalty and pledged their maximum cooperation for the upliftment of local government administration in the state.

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