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Use this opportunity to develop your political careers, Governor Wike tells Caretaker Committee Chairmen


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has charged Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen to use the opportunity  to  serve  as a stepping stone to climb  the  political ladder.



Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday  after the inauguration and swearing in  of new Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen, Governor Wike  regretted that in the recent past,  some appointees have preferred  financial  benefits  to service.

He said because  most Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen usually misplace their  priorities, it is difficult  to  recommend  them for higher  service   their  terms  in office.

The governor said: " If you  think this is the end of your  political  careers, then do as you wish  in office.

"However, I advise  you  to  serve in ways that will help you  build your  political  careers.  Use your appointments to serve the entire people of your respective  local government areas ".

He advised the Council Chairmen to focus  their attention  on payment of salaries  and cooperate with  security agencies to maintain security  in their local government areas.

He informed  them that they have no right to charge arbitrary  levies and  taxes, pointing  out  that the Local Government Areas have been restricted  to the collection of  Tenement  Rates.

Governor Wike added that there is no room for the misappropriation  of resources on the part of the Caretaker Committee Chairmen  as steps have been taken to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of the people.

Of the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen sworn in by Governor Wike, 10 were  newly appointed while 13 Caretaker Committee Chairmen were reappointed.

Two women Mrs Gloria Omereji (Emohua) and Mrs Daisy Tamunoene (Ogu/ Bolo)  were also inaugurated.