The newly sworn in 23 Local Government Chairmen of the state have been admonished by the Governor of Kaduna State, Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, to be Just, fair and reasonable in discharging their duties to the people.
The governor gave this advice during the Swearing-in ceremony held on Tuesday in Kaduna, advised them not to discriminate against those who did not vote for them.
“You should not favor those whom you share the same ethnicity and religion, as doing so will offend your oath of office and God Almighty.
“God has chosen you to be leaders of all the citizens in your local governments without regard to their political, ethnic or religious persuasion.
“You are from today, custodians of God’s trust, you must therefore be fair, just and reasonable in all your dealings, decisions and interactions,” he said.
He added that a law has been passed by the state house of Assembly to ensure that chairmen of Local Government have executive power to make decision.
“The elected councilors shall constitute the legislative arm of the Council, while specific laws are assigned to the Vice Chairmen.
“A retreat will be organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for the Chairmen, to acquaint them with the new system of the local government administration in the state.
“The retreat will explain your vital role in ensuring coordinated development across the state, using the local government development plan and your membership of the state planning board,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, there is ongoing litigation on some of the results in three local governments, while elections did not hold at all in Kaura Local Government, hence, the need for government to appoint caretaker committees who were also sworn in.
The affected LGAs include, Chikun to be run by Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza, Kajuru by Mrs Felicia Kyomsom, Kaura by Dr Bege Katuka while Jaba would be headed by Hadiza Usman Muazu.