Hon. Joseph Otirhue (4th left) and Sir Olumason Oyibo (4th right) with members of the commission
The Delta State Government has reiterated its resolve to put smiles on the faces of local government council workers. The assurance was given by the Special Adviser on Local Government Affairs to the State Governor, Hon. Joseph Otirhue, during a courtesy visit to the Chairman and members of the State Local Government Service Commission in Asaba.
Hon Otirhue, who noted that Governor Okowa was sensitive to the welfare of local government and State workforce, solicited the support and corporation of all in actualizing the SMART agenda of the state government.
While acknowledging the pivotal role of local government in grassroots development, the Special Adviser harped on the need “to collaborate with your commission to identify some means of generating revenue that have been neglected over the years,” adding that, “this is imperative because the ultimate aim of government is to provide basic amenities to the people and ensure their socio economic wellbeing.”
He however, frowned at the poor attitude of some council staff to duty, and called on the chairman to look seriously into the matter and find ways of arresting the ugly trend.
On his part, the Chairman of the commission, Sir Olumason Oyibo, commended the Special Adviser for the visit, saying the visit was an indication of his (Otirhue) preparedness for the great assignment of transforming local government councils in the state .
He urged the Special Adviser to look into the critical issue of giving revenue collection to agents who he observed hardly remit money collected to the council, pointing out that such arrangement has continued to deny councils in the state the much needed funds.