21st May, 2011
Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the Local Government Council Chairmen in the state to adopt a proactive method in rural administration with a bottom-top approach to ensure that benefits of democracy get to the grassroots.
Governor Amaechi was speaking to newsmen shortly after casting his ballot during todayâ€™s Local Government Council election in Rivers State at Ward eight, Unit 14, Omuigwe Village Square, in his Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
He said the bottom-top approach would require dialogue with the communities, adding that the interactive session with the communities would help to prioritise projects for the various areas, for maximum utilisation.
He stressed that deciding projects to be sited in communities without involving the people has often led to waste of resources.
The governor reaffirmed the readiness of his administration to collaborate with the Local Government councils to identify specific needs of the various communities before embarking on projects, to ensure that resources deployed to such infrastructure facilities produces desirable benefits.
According to him, â€œthe state government has taken over some of the responsibilities of Local Government Councils in the areas of education and healthcare delivery,â€ emphasising that the councils lacked necessary institutional framework to handle the needs of the people at the primary level because of the delay in the system.
He said the turn-out of voters to elect chairmen and councillirs was impressive, and commended RSIEC for a good showing when compared to the 2008 election.
On the alleged pulling out of the election by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the governor said he was not aware of it, neither the court injunction.
Earlier, a man who gave his name as Mr Nna Wali, had presented a bunch of plantain to Governor Amaechi, for onward delivery to the wife, Dame Judith.
ByÂ Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt