Mr Cosmas Ugwueze, the new Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State, says his administration will operate an open-door policy.
Ugwueze made the promise in Nsukka on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit on Eze Willy Ezeugwu, the King of Opi Kingdom.
He said his administration would carry everybody along irrespective of political party affiliation and would welcome constructive criticism that would make the local government move forward.
“The door of my administration is open to welcome advice and constructive criticisms that will fast-track development in the area.
“By God’s special grace, I will ensure that every resident is carried along as well as given sense of belonging,” Ugwueze said.
The local government boss said he was in the palace of the Eze to solicit support and seek advice from the royal father.
“I am from Opi, I am here to solicit support and seek advice from the Eze of Opi Kingdom,” he said.
Ugwueze pledged to consolidate on the achievements of the immediate past Nsukka local government chairman, the late Chief Patrick Omeje, who died on June 16.
“It was Omeje who appointed me as his deputy chairman. As my boss, he was good to me till he died and I will continue to respect and uphold his legacies,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ugwueze was sworn-in as substantive Chairman of Nsukka Council on June 29 by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State following the sudden death of Omeje on June 16.
Speaking while receiving the new council chairman in his residence, Ezeugwu described Ugwueze as one of the illustrious sons of Opi and commended him for the visit.
He advised the new chairman to be fair and carry everybody along irrespective of religion, tribe and political affiliations.
“As the chairman of Nsukka LG, you are now the father of all in the area. You must ensure you spread evenly your developmental projects to the 20 wards that make up Nsukka local government.
“Don’t because you are from Opi concentrate all developmental projects and appointments in Opi communities.
“It’s your achievements, sincerity and fairness to all Nsukka residents that will endear you to people as well as determine if Nsukka people will give you second term,” the traditional ruler said.
The royal father urged Ugwueze to put God first in all his considerations and decisions as council chairman “since one with God is majority’’.
The highlight of the visit was one minute silence in honour of late Omeje.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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