The Cross River Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs Stella Odey, has urged Local Governments Administrators in the state to supervise all State Government projects in their areas.
Odey made the call on Friday while on assessment tour of state government projects in Etung Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
She decried the lackadaisical attitude and negligence by some directors in the local governments towards supervision of projects.
She stated that it was their responsibility as Heads of Departments to oversee all government projects in their areas to effective completion .
“Gov. Ben Ayade has sent me here to assess the facilities and see things for myself and report accordingly for onward intervention.
“This is because he believes that development in the state must trickle down to the rural areas.
“The State Government having sent contractors to execute projects in the local governments areas, must not also supervise the projects for you.
“You owe yourselves and the LGA the responsibility of supervising and seeing to its full and perfect completion.
“I see people treating government property with levity; this is unhealthy for us as a people, for whom much is given much is expected.
“We must put security in place to guard all government projects for the benefit of the rural dwellers,” she said.
On boosting the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the commissioner charged the administrator of Etung LGA to go into fish, rice and cocoa farming as well as marriage registration to boost its revenue.
The commissioner noted Gov. Ben Ayade had now gone into agriculture because he wanted to see the state working.
She said Ayade did not fold his arms waiting for allocation from the Federation Account which was no longer enough to develop the state.
Odey directed that instead of complaining of deficit of staff in a department, some staff in other departments with surplus personnel should be trained to function in units with staff deficit.
She gave a cash gift to the most hard working staff in Etung LGA and enjoined him to do more as he was an example for others to follow.
The Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA), Mrs Kate Amaga, commended the commissioner for embarking on assessment tour of the 18 LGAs of the state, saying it was the first in the history of the ministry.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta
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