Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has sworn in newly elected 23 Local Government Chairmen of the State, urging them to be fair, just and reasonable in the discharge of their duties to the people.
He made the call at the swearing in ceremony which held in Kaduna, the State Capital.
The Governor advised them not to discriminate against those who did not vote for them, as well as not to also favour those whom they share same ethnicity and religion.
“God has chosen you to be leaders of all the citizens in your LGAs without regard to their political, ethnic or religious persuasion. You are from today, custodians of God’s trust, you must therefore be fair, just and reasonable in all your dealings, decisions and interactions,” the Governor said.
New Local Law
He explained that the State House of Assembly has enacted a new LGA law which places governance at the local level, saying, the executive powers shall be vested on the Chairmen, the elected councillors shall constitute the legislative arm of the Council, while specific laws are assigned to the Vice Chairmen.
He said a retreat has already been organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for the Chairmen to acquit them with the new system of the LGA in the State.
“The retreat would explain your vital role in ensuring coordinated development across the State, using the Local government development plan and your membership of the State planning board,” he said.
Meanwhile, there is ongoing litigation on some of the results in three LGAs, while elections did not hold at all in Kaura Local Government, hence the need for government to appoint caretaker committees who were also sworn in.