From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has lamented over the rising crime wave of insecurity and crisis that are going on in different parts of the State.
The Governor who made the lamentation yesterday while swearing-in new Council chairmen at Government House, Makurdi, decried that these negative developments have direct serious effects on peace without which development cannot thrive.
He urged the new Chairmen to work in harmony with security agencies as well as traditional rulers, community leaders and other reputable leaders in their councils to nip any form of crisis in the bud, adding ‘adopt the saying that prevention is better than cure in handling security matters’.
Governor Ortom harped on service delivery by the chairmen to their people, urging them to serve faithfully, diligently and conscientiously because there is always the day to give account of their stewardship.
“You must bear in mind that the days of playing politics are over. Now is the time to concentrate on giving the electorate quality service because that is the reason for giving you their mandate. By this swearing-in, democratic governance has been fully enthroned. We cannot claim to be democrats if we practice what is at variance with democracy, its tenets and ethos. I enjoin you all to participate freely, support and contribute your efforts in sustaining same for our collective good.
“I urge you therefore to view your election and swearing – in as an opportunity to contribute your quota in turning around thrives of your people with good leadership based on laudable policies, programs and projects that you execute. However, in the light of dwindling Federal Allocation, there is the the imperative to look inward for survival.
“To make meaningful progress, I also, charge you to work together as a team. You must avoid the temptation of working alone as sole administrators but you should carry along all count members. It is better to arrive at a consensus decision than take g arbitrary ones that breed acrimony, distrust and quarrels that do no one any good”.
He equally, reminded the Council chairmen of the existing Anti-open Grazing law and advised them to work hand in hand with the Livestock Guard to enforce it.