The Chairman, Toto Local Government CouncilArea of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Dauda Nuhu, has charged all political appointees in the council to be accountable and transparent while discharging their duties.

Dauda gave the task on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of the political appointees at the council secretariat in Toto.

The chairman said the call for transparency and accountability had become imperative to ensure prudent management of resources to better the lives of the people of the area and the state at large.

He told the appointees that they were carefully selected and that their appointment was based on merit, urging them to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Besides, Dauda enjoined them to shun sentiment and favoritism in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the area.

“We must operate an open-door policy to carry everybody along while discharging your duties in order to take our area and the state to the next level of development,’’ he said

The council boss also called on the appointees to key into peace building and other people-oriented programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the residents.

He urged the residents to support him and his management team to succeed.

He solicited for their support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Tanko Al-Makura to enable them succeed in the task of delivering more dividends of democracy.

Dauda further assured the people of the area of his continued commitment to better their standard of living through positive policies and programmes that had direct bearing on their lives.

Besides, he enjoined the residents of the area to continue to live in peace, be law-abiding and respect constituted authorities in the interest of development.

Administering the oath of allegiance to the council’s appointees, Malam Dangana Yakubu, the Chief Magistrate, Toto Local Government Area, urged the appointees to abide by the oath they had taken in the interest of peace and development.

Responding on behalf of others, the newly sworn-in Secretary of the council, Mr Nuhu Mohammed, promised to abide by their oath of office.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Malam Ibrahim Omusa was sworn-in as Clerk to the legislative arm, with Mr Alfa Iliyas as the Deputy Clerk, and Malam Alhassan Salihu as Chief of Staff, among others appointees.