Council Chairmen and Councilors in Kogi State have been asked not see their election as for wealth acquisition but a call to service.
Capt Idris Wada, Kogi State Governor stated this at a three day induction/orientation workshop for newly elected Local Government officials in Kogi State, organized by the Kogi State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affiars.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, said the Local Government plays a significant role in a democratic process, lauded the theme of the workshop, “Enhancing Healthy Relationship between the Executive and Legislative Council in the Local Government system in Kogi State”.
The Governor urged the elected officials to work towards creating a better standard of living for their people,said the state can only make the desired progress when the councils work in unison with the transformation vision of the state government.
Wada urged the Council officials to uphold the principle of zero tolerance for corruption in the discharge of their duty.
In his speech, Hon Paul Haruna Gowon, Chairman House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the workshop is aimed at creating a cordial working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.
The lawmaker said the people at the grassroots level of administration will only benefit democracy when a cordial relationship exist between the Executive and the Legislature.
Also speaking, Aloysius Okino the ALGON Chairman, commended the State Assembly for accepting to share their knowledge with the various elected Councils describing the gesture as geared towards the sustenance of the growth of Democracy at the grassroots.