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Buni swears-in elected Yobe LG chairmen



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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu


Gov Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has sworn-in the newly elected 17 local government areas chairmen of the state.

Speaking at the occasion in Damaturu Buni described the Saturday 8 elections that brought in the chairmen into office as peaceful, successful and rewarding.

“ The just concluded Local Government Council election has no doubt demonstrated the commitment of our administration to entrench and nurture democracy in the local councils and to bring government much closer to the people.

“ Let me use this occasion to commend the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission for organizing a credible, free and fair exercise, giving every candidate and political party the opportunity to participate, and ensuring that no voter is disenfranchised.

“ The political parties and their candidates offered choices to the voters to elect chairmen and Councillors of their choice. The people have spoken through their votes, and this event is to stamp the peoples authority in the election of the new chairmen and councillors for the 17 local government councils.

“ I, therefore, wish to commend all the political parties, the contestants and their supporters for the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated in the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections which recorded massive turn out of voters, and whose results have been adjudged free, fair, and credible.

“ This important and successful exercise is indeed a collective victory for the entire good people of the State, for which I have the honour to pleasantly rejoice with you all. Electoral victories are the function of better flag-bearers, people-oriented policies and programmes as well as vigorous campaign by parties and their candidates. Ours is no exception as we celebrate this victory today.

“ The overwhelming victory of the APC is a clear indication that it remains the most popular and liked party. I would like to congratulate the Chairman and all officials of the APC and the Critical Stakeholders for upholding internal democracy and producing credible candidates. I am optimistic that with such commitments and good organization, the APC will continue to wax stronger and win future elections at all levels with ease,” he said.

The governor advised the chairmen to promote transparency and accountability in handling local government finances, assets, and equipment; ensuring government properties are always reflected in handing and taking over notes and maintain Contract Register to facilitate monitoring and evaluation, levels/stages of work, and its corresponding expenditure.

“ Improve the provision of basic facilities and services such as security, water supply, sanitation, healthcare
delivery, and agriculture and partner Federal and State Governments in implementing programmes initiated by the federal, state, or both,” Buni said.

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