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Obaseki swears in elected council executives


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki has sworn in the 18 newly-elected local council chairmen and urged them to be prudent in managing the resources saved up in their treasuries.
Obaseki, who spoke at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Government House in Benin City, Edo State capital, yesterday, charged the new chairmen to be accountable, responsive and responsible in administering the affairs of their local councils.
He said: “My administration has kept aside N2 billion saved from the Paris Club refund in the councils’ treasury for the new executives to commence activities.
“You are not coming to meet an empty treasury. I have saved your Paris refund in excess of N2 billion and some of you have savings in excess of N2 billion.

“So, you will be coming into office with some reserves and savings, but you have to focus on enduring projects.”
He said the era in which council bosses would leave offices with debts for their successors would not be accepted, noting that his administration had spent the last 17 months offsetting debts incurred by former council executives.  
The governor, who described the peaceful conduct of the electoral process as historical, noted: “The increasing acceptability of the laudable programmes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) enabled you to secure victory at the polls.

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