By Musa Solomon
The Directors of Local Governments in the 21 Local GovernmeBEnt Areas have been told to be servant leaders as they take over the reigns of governance in their respective Local Government Areas.
The Chairman Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, prof. Shuaibu Ahmed Ibrahim stated this in his office in Lokoja while addressing them on their mode of operation.
The Chairman who congratulated them on their new portfolio as Ag. Chairmen in their Local Government Areas said history is on them to serve their people with utmost sincerity, noting that they have the opportunity to write their names in gold by instituting good governance in their localities.
According to him, their new office demands that they should be responsible not just for the welfare of their staff but to the entire people in their Local Government Areas, adding that Accountability should be their guide.
The Chairman who bemoaned the level of absenteeism and truancy at work place by the Local Government staff said that the commission would not tolerate the attitude of workers to work.
He said that in a situation where staff collect salaries with out working for it would not be condone, adding that any staff found wanting would be dealt with in accordance with the civil service rules.
He employed the DLG to operate from their offices, saying that the commission would not take it likely with any of them who abandoned his/her duty posts.
Also speaking, the permanent member three (3) of the commission Hon. Aliyu Suleiman advised them to use their positions to positively impact lives, saying that as ambassadors of the commission they should do their jobs with all sense of responsibility, adding that they should not involve themselves in act that would dent the image of the commission.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Musa Yahaya Omoyi urged them to be guided with the civil service and public finance laws in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He congratulated them on their new positions, saying that their positions come with more responsibilities and required discipline in order to overcome the pressure that comes with the office.
Responding on behalf of the DLG’S, the Chairperson of the DLG’S Forum, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar thanked the chairman of the commission for the fatherly role has been playing in their lives and promised that the they would not let the commission down.