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Cross River chairmen to deepen democracy

17 December 2013, 16:37

Cross River - Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has urged the newly sworn-in local government chairmen to be more accountable and responsible to the people in order to enhance democracy in the state.

He asked the 17 officials that them to work timelessly and unrelentingly to ensure the progress of their individual constituencies and the state as a whole.

“In the exercise of our responsibilities as public officials, today these new chairmen have taken another firm step towards further strengthening our efforts of building a democracy that aims to enshrine and ensure the continued socio-economic and political transformation of Cross River State.I am certain that in this crop of chairmen, we can draw on their initiative, innovation, creativity, accountability, determination, transparency, commitment and handwork to transform their local government s and the state into a model for socio-economic and democratic development in Nigeria,” said Imoke.

The governor added, “It is therefore imperative, in the interest of maintaining this continuum that all new chairmen carry on progressively from where their predecessors left off, ensuring that projects are completed and programmes and initiatives are sustained for the benefit of our people, regardless of political affiliation or tribal sentiment.”

Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Patrick Okon, Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government Area, pledged the officials’ loyalty to the state government in its effort to turn around its fortune by ensuring high quality service is provided at the various councils.

“We will not toy with their (populace’s) mandates because of the relationship between the councils and grass roots,” he said.

– CAJ News


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