Gov. Bello charges newly sworn in elected LGA officials Not to have mercy on criminals

…says they are fire brand, tested and trusted

Governor Bello has charged newly sworn in Chairmen and Vice Chairperson of the 21 Local Government of the State to deal mercilessly with criminals in the state noting that the security of their respective Local Government Area must be guaranteed under their watch.

The Governor gave this charge while speaking on Monday at the swearing in of the Executive Chairman and Vice Chairmen after the just concluded December 12 LG polls in the state.

He reminded that when his administration came on board, it met an already disbanded Local Government Council which his administration re instated following court order which his predecessor refused to acknowledge.

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He noted that although his administration believed that the people at the grass root deserved leadership, his government was hindered by lack of fund and could not conduct a Local Government Election at that time.

Governor Bello mentioned that as a government, they were able to pull resources together to conduct the recently concluded polls and with the cooperation of the people of the state the polls held freely, fairly and peacefully without hiccups before, during and after.

He asserted that similar event in the old kwara state degenerated into serious chaos because of poor leadership but under his watch similar event went easily without a sound of gun shot.

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The Governor expressed that the swearing in event was another demonstration of Unity and Oneness and that leaders across the world were witnessing a practical display of good leadership.

He noted that the newly elected persons have gone through the blast furnace and have become fire brand leaders who were competent as they have been tested enough to deliver.

Speaking in his opening address, Commissioner Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Barrister Salami Momodu Ozigi noted that the overwhelming victory of the All Progressive Congress at the just concluded LG polls was an attestation to Governor Bello’s good leadership.

He added that Governor Bello’s dogged commitment to leadership has birthed a peaceful Kogi State which translated to the peaceful conduct of the Local Government in an unprecedented manner

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The Commissioner urged the newly sworn in Local Government Executives and others to replicate the New Direction development template in their various Local areas while they also do their best to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorates

He similarly urged them to key in and replicate the already existing peace and security template of the Governor which he noted has earned the state several accolades locally and internationally adding that they should ensure to carry all stakeholders along.

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