By Lawrence Olaoye
Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state has charged elected local government council chairman and councillors in the state to shun corruption and make the welfare of the people their number one priority.
The governor, who made the call during the swearing-in of the newly elected 44 local government chairmen in the state at Africa House, Government House, Kano, said they must be prudent and practice the ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I want to appeal to our elected chairmen and councillors to emulate what the APC leaders are doing at the national level and also what we are doing here at the state level”, governor Kwankwaso stressed.
He reminded them that they would account for every Kobo they spend and work in the collective interest of the citizens in their respective domains. The governor also harped on the need for them to closely monitor all on-going state-local government joint projects to ensure their speedy completion.
Kwankwaso also urged the local administrations in the state to be more proactive in terms of Polio eradication and environmental sanitation to guarantee the wellbeing of the people in their various localities.
He further asserted that his administration, in collaboration with Dangote Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are investing so much in the fight against polio, pointing out that such investment is in the overall interest of the state and must not be allowed to go in vain.
The special guest at the occasion, former Head of State and APC Leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), urged the local government chairmen elected under the platform of the party to brace up to the challenge of ensuring that the party wins the 2015 general elections.
Buhari said he was pleased that Kwankwaso was delivering in Kano, urging the local government chairmen to emulate him so that the APC can continue to enjoy the support and confidence of Nigerians.
In his remarks on behalf of the elected council chairmen, the Chairman of Kabo local government area, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, thanked the electorate for giving them the mandate to serve them, assuring that they would be honest and prudent in discharging their duties.