By Jumonke Obatomi
Local Government Administrators in the state are henceforth to remain in their respective Local Government Areas or face suspension.
The commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. Momodu Salami Ozigi said Governor Yahaya Bello has directed that any Administrator who failed to remain in his Local Government will be sanctioned.
Barr. Ozigi said as part of measures to tackle the security breaches at the grassroots, Council Administrators must remain at their duty post to nip in the bud any uprising in their domain.
The commissioner said Governor Bello is security conscious and would not trade with it in his second term in office. He maintained that government has already put some measures in place to catch erring administrators for suspension.
In a related development, Barr. Ozigi said as part of measures to tackle security challenges, Governor Bello has directed the administrators to arrest any self acclaimed traditional ruler adding that such persons must be handed over to the Directorate of State Security (DSS) for prosecution.
The commissioner said some of the security breaches in Local Government Areas emanates from chietaincy tussles. He said a situation where unauthorized persons now parade themselves as traditional rulers has compounded security problems at the grassroots.
The commissioner further stated that the governor from the inception of his administration placed security as his number one priority adding that all hands must be on deck to consolidate on the existing peace in the state.
While responding to the commissioner’s address, Kogi state Chairman of ALGON, Taofiq Isah said the Local Government Administrators are prepared to carry out their duties at the grassroots with due diligence. He assured the commissioner that they will continue to work with the letter and spirit of the new direction administration of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello.