Ortom promotes over 8000 LG staff, opens 2- day seminar for council bosses

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has ordered the release of promotion letters to over right thousand workers at the twenty three local government in the state.

This was disclosed by Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Dr. Bem Melladu, who assured of the resolve of the Commission to partner the Bureau for training and retraining of the Staff at the third tier.

Dr. Melladu called on the local government council chairmen to urgently implement same promotions upon presentation to Councils Chairmen by their Staff.

In his reaction, the Special Adviser, Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ken Achabo, described the promotion by the governor as an uncommon magnanimity and loud testimony of the Governor’s commitment to the welfare of the people of the State.

Achabo who was speaking at the 2-Day Retreat for Council Chairmen holding at Hallydays Hotel in Makurdi urged the Council Chairmen to implement the promotions forthwith to enable the affected Staff benefit from the pay rise for the Yuletide.

He reiterated his call on the Council Chairmen to work in harmony with their deputies and the local legislature as shown by Governor Ortom.

Achabo thanked the Governor for approving the seminar which was an initiative of his predecessor, Late Elder Jerome Tor Shimbe, urging the participants to take the seminar seriously.

Presenting a paper at the event on the topic “Understanding the workings of the Local Government System”, the Special Adviser counseled the Chairmen to properly study the book written by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor on the Local Government Law in the State to acquaint them with their specified roles and assured them that the Bureau under his watch would sustain the training of key players at the third tier.

Governor Samuel Ortom while declaring the Retreat open, charged Council Chairmen to evolve ways of improving their Internally Generated Revenue IGR, to augment the persistent shortfall in accruals to the Local Government Councils.

The governor urged the council chairmen to relate well with their deputies, councillors and entire people of the local government in order to get results, noting that the deputies and councillors should in turn, strive to earn the confidence of their chairmen.

He described the two day retreat as a well thought out initiative which would go a long way in facilitating development at the third tier of government.