Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has mentioned the initiatives executed by Native Authorities Councils within the State have been on account of the monetary autonomy they take pleasure in beneath his administration.
Diri acknowledged this throughout the graduation of inauguration of initiatives in seven of the eight councils within the State.
Talking whereas inaugurating a one-storey workplace complicated on the Yenagoa Native Authorities Secretariat, the Governor additionally mentioned the prudent administration of funds beneath the strict supervision of his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the execution of significant initiatives potential throughout the wards and communities within the eight councils.
He harassed that his administration doesn’t tamper with allocations accruing to the councils, however has reasonably been aiding them with N100 million on a month-to-month foundation for cost of salaries.
”We’re in full help of autonomy for the Native Authorities system. After we got here in, we found that the native authorities system had numerous challenges.
“Throughout the nation, you’re all conscious that almost all State Governments had been accused of dabbling into native governments funds.
“However in our State, I wish to placed on file that this administration led by me has by no means requested for one naira from the native authorities system.
“The chairmen can attest to that. Reasonably the State goverynment assists native governments after they have challenges. Native governments in Bayelsa State have been really autonomous and have been doing their very own factor. That’s the reason we’ve got gathered for a ceremony like this”, Diri mentioned.
In accordance with the governor, the identical council chairmen that mentioned they have been unable to pay salaries now have financial savings.
“I can let you know that the Yenagoa Native Council Chairman goes at hand over greater than N100 million to the incoming chairman”, he added.
Whereas commending the council chairmen for keying into his imaginative and prescient and the profitable completion of legacy initiatives, Governor Diri cautioned them towards participating in final minute employment of employees as their tenure expires in August, 2022.
He assured them that their severance allowances can be made obtainable to them and likewise hinted that plans have been ongoing to put aside funds from the councils financial savings for the cost of gratuity of native authorities retirees.
“Our chairmen are about to exit. We have now the problem of backlog of severance allowances. This group that’s exiting, there may be already cash made obtainable for severance cost.
“We plan to begin the obligatory cost of what’s because of the native authorities councils. To that impact, on month-to-month foundation, N5million has been permitted for that cost to native authorities councils”, the Bayelsa Chief Government acknowledged.
The Governor additionally inaugurated initiatives in Kolokuma/Opokuma Native Authorities Space (KOLGA), which included a mannequin motor park at Kaiama geared up with market stalls, workplaces and borehole.
Additionally inaugurated have been a divisional police headquarters in Kaiama, headquarters of the LGA and a concrete street linking the council’s secretariat.
Whereas inspecting the KOLGA Expertise Acquisition Centre, Diri directed all council chairmen to arrange expertise aquisition centres in addition to directing the development of walkways, two further hostels and renovation of the NYSC Camp Clinic.
Earlier, the Yenagoa council chairman, Nimizuo Oroupaye, mentioned he launched into the workplace complicated undertaking to mitigate the plight of employees, who lacked workplace house.
Oroupaye listed among the initiatives accomplished to incorporate development of concrete walkway at Biseni and Agudama/Ekpetiama, renovation of Igbogene market, rehabilitation of photo voltaic water undertaking, Bomoundi, renovation of the Okolobiri and Gbarain markets.
Additionally in his deal with, the Kolokuma/Opokuma Council boss, Dengiye Ubarugu, appreciated the governor for his function in making the native authorities system purposeful.
Ubarugu attested that the state authorities had not meddled within the funds of his council, which he famous was largely accountable for the successes achieved.
A number of the initiatives accomplished embrace mini neighborhood water initiatives at Ekpuwari, Ofonibiri, Boro City street, Oloibiri, Kaiama, Abuwari, Ayibabiri and Kalama communities.
Additionally a concrete street at Igbedi, development of Odi market, development of foodsstuff market at Sampou, renovation of Proctor Memorial Main Faculty, Kaiama and printing of train books for main faculties within the council.