From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Directors of Local Governments in Kogi state currently acting as chairmen of their respective council areas have been told to see themselves as servant leaders and should strive to live above board in their new assignment.
The DLGs who took over the leadership of Local Government Councils in Kogi following the dissolution of the Administrative Team that ruled for four years, were also charged to make positive impacts towards the smooth conduct of local government elections in the state.
The Chairman Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, prof. Shuaibu Ahmed Ibrahim gave the charge while addressing them on their mode of operation in his office on Friday.
The Chairman who congratulated them on their new portfolio as Ag. Chairmen in their Local Government Areas said history is on them to serve their people with utmost sincerity, noting that they have the opportunity to write their names in gold by instituting good governance in their localities.
According to him, their new office demands that they should be responsible not just for the welfare of their staff but to the entire people in their Local Government Areas, adding that Accountability should be their guide.
The Chairman who expressed worry over the level of absenteeism and truancy at work place by the Local Government staff, challenged the DLGs to ensure that such attitude would no longer be tolerated.
He said that in a situation where staff collect salaries with out working for it would not be condone, adding that any staff found wanting would be dealt with in accordance with the civil service rules.
He enjoined the DLG to operate from their offices, saying that the commission would not take it likely with any of them who abandoned his/her duty posts.
Also speaking, the permanent member three (3) of the commission Hon. Aliyu Suleiman advised them to use their positions to positively impact lives, saying that as ambassadors of the commission they should do their jobs with all sense of responsibility, adding that they should not involve themselves in act that would dent the image of the commission.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Musa Yahaya Omoyi urged them to be guided with the civil service and public finance laws in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He congratulated them on their new positions, saying that their positions required discipline in order to overcome the temptation of poor service delivery.
Responding on behalf of the DLGs, the Chairperson of the DLG’S Forum, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar lauded the chairman of the commission for the fatherly role he has been playing in their lives and promised that they would not let the commission down.