…observed Jumat prayers and paid a visit to a berieved local government staff.
On Friday, the Association of Ex-Ward Chairmen of Ofu Local Government Area pledged its support to the administration of the chairman in changing the narrative of the local government and the party (APC) in Ofu Local Government Area. The president of the association, Mallam Salifu Ibrahim, led the former chairmen and former secretaries on a courtesy visit to the local government secretariat in Ugwolawo.
Salifu said the association was impressed with the various reforms of the current administration in less than one month in office.
He explained, “The association is political but a convergence of the finest grassroots actors across political divides, whose goal is to deepen grassroots engagement and participation in the local government polity to promote the sanctity of the local government.”
He added that the association was formed as a platform for former elected and appointed chairmen of wards to contribute to the political development of the local government based on their grassroots backgrounds, connections, and interactions.
The president, however, stated that members of the association in the local government had met and reviewed the activities of the newly appointed caretaker chairman’s government, Hon. Sani Hassan Atawodi, and agreed that the current administration had performed creditably well in its first month in office and deserved to be supported.
“Chairman, sir, I am a son of the soil, and as a result of this, the association has come to encourage you to continue with your various reforms in our local government. We will constantly work in harmony with your administration and participate in our own little way to encourage you.”
One of the secretaries, James Omale, in his remarks, applauded the caretaker chairman for his bold steps taken so far to tackle revenue diversion and insecurity in the local government.
James said that as past leaders who had made great contributions to the development of the grassroots, they are willing to identify with the leadership of Hon. Sani Hassan Atawodi in the local government so that his reforms can impact the people of Ofu Local Government Area.
In his response, the chairman said his administration is poised to ensure that its vision leads to purposeful governance that creates an enabling environment through collaboration with purposeful-minded associations.
“We’ve reestablished trust between us; we established trust between us and all those who want us to succeed. We intend to keep this up; we intend to ensure that no part of this local government is developed at the expense of another part.”
“We intend to ensure that every ongoing reform that we inherited that has economic importance to our citizens is completed.
In a similar way, the chairman welcomed the newly posted DSS boss into his Ugwolawo office and charged him with the responsibility of discharging his duties without sentiment. The chairman pledged his support and led him to his office.
Marking the close of work for the day and week were the Jumat prayers at the Ugwolawo central mosque and a visit to a berieved local government staff in Ugwolawo.