Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has set up caretaker committees for the 17 local government councils in the state, charging them to live within their council areas.
The governor also directed all the new local government caretaker committee chairmen and their deputies to ensure strict fiscal discipline in governance in view of the present economic realities in Nigeria.
He emphasised the need for the new caretaker chairmen to live in their council areas, insisting that the era of running the local government system from hotels was over in the state.
Speaking while inaugurating the caretaker committees at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi reminded them that government and the people of Enugu State expect good results from them.
He thanked the out-gone chairmen and councillors for the service they rendered in their respective capacities, wishing them well in
their future endeavours.
Governor Ugwuanyi also thanked the heads of personnel management of local governments in the state and treasurers in the council areas for their services.
He said that the swearing-in of caretaker councillors would take place on Monday 11th January, 2016 at the various local government areas by the local government council caretaker chairmen.
Governor Ugwuanyi retained three former local government council chairmen, Cornelius Nnaji of Enugu East local government, Afam Okereke of Nkanu West council area and Cornnel Onwubuya of
Uzo-Uwani local government council.
Pedigree and Integrity
Earlier in a speech, the State Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Chijioke Edeoga, thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for constituting an effective team made up of people with pedigree and integrity.
“When you look at the team that assembled here dear governor, the outcome validates your sleepless night before their selection” he said.
The commissioner called on the appointees to be mindful of their obligations in their various council areas.
He gave them insights on what they would meet in their various council areas in respect of duties, responsibilities and financial debts.
Speaking on behalf of the sworn-in caretaker council chairmen and their deputies, Prof. Rose Onah, chairperson of Nsukka local government area, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve
“The chairmen and the deputies are very grateful to you for finding us worthy to occupy this seat of responsibilities and to contribute our own quota to your administration towards the growth and development of Enugu State,” she stated.
Prof. Onah promised that they would not betray the governor but would strive to promote the good and aspirations of the state.
She added that their selection was something to thank God
for having been chosen in the midst of contenders.
She observed that the challenges of local government councils in respect of finance in the state was enormous, adding that she had
also heard about bailout, reminding the governor of the need to bail them out.
She promised the readiness of the team to strive towards pulling the local government system up and out of problems and odds.
Other chairmen of the council caretaker committees include Ekwe Chidi, Aninri; Igwe Isaac Chukwudi, Enugu North; Sunday Ugwu, Enugu
South and Fred Ezenwa, Ezeagu.
Others are Malachy Agbo, Igbo-etiti; Uwake Ezeja, Igboeze North; Fidelis Odoh, Igboeze South and Benjamin
Edeoga, Isiuzo among others.