Ajimobi inaugurates council caretaker chairmen
• Gov promises to conduct polls in four months’ time
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday told the newly-inaugurated local council transition committee chairmen to be prepared to leave office after spending four months in office.
Ajimobi, who pledged to conduct elections into the 33 councils at the expiration of the four months’ tenure proposed for the council helmsmen, admonished them to shun extravagant lifestyle, insisting that their four-month tenure was not to commit resources to naming, burial and marriage ceremonies at the expense of grassroots development.
The governor said commonsense dictates that the lean resources accruable to the state and local councils should be committed to people-oriented and legacy projects.
According to him: “Your appointment is an opportunity for you to dare and endure; not for ease and comfort. I enjoin you to be guided by the oath of office you just took; have the fear of God in whatever you do. If you fear God, you will not commit atrocities.
“Please note that nothing will keep you in office beyond four months, as we will be going into elections immediately afterwards. Therefore, use this opportunity to join hands with us to develop this state. Don’t betray the confidence reposed in you.”
“I must warn that if you under-perform, you will not even last four months because when you fail, I fail; when you fail, we all fail. But I won’t allow you to fail me.
“You are not elected to service naming ceremonies, marriages and burials. We can’t continue with this retrogressive attitude and expect any meaningful development in our local governments.”
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