The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), South-South zone are taking their turn in the training for ALGON officials in Abuja. The training which is titled; Anti-Corruption, Fiscal Responsibility and effective Leadership was put in place to get local government officials be conversant with the management of affairs of that tier of government. The event which is taking place at the training school of EFCC has most of the resource persons drawn from EFCC. ALGON members from South-South states comprising of Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers states are now taking at the training.
Some of the attendees from south-south spoke to news men about the essence of the training. Hon. Abubakar Ewa, the Chairman of Boki Local Government Area, Cross River State told newsmen that the topic chosen for the training was okay. He commended the way the resources persons were handling them. According to him, “blame” is one of the challenges with public office, and that most of them are politically motivated. Having staged 5months in office, he has been able to increase the revenue of Boki LG from #750,000.00 to #5m every month. Hon. Ewa is the 1st chairman of Boki LGA to live in the LGA and in the house built for the chairman, since the creation of the LGA. His next project is to build a road to link Boki East and West LGA, via East/West road. He is the secretary of ALGON in Cross River State.
Hon. Michael Ede Usibe, the Chairman of Yala LGA and ALGON Chairman in Cross River State, told newsmen how he has been able to transform Yala LGA in a very short time. The Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the LGA was almost #5m per annum, but he has generated over #3m in three months. Hon. Usibe retired voluntarily from the service as Director of Finance. One of his notable reforms is affecting the lives of aged via sharing of food stuffs and medi-care to people above 60yrs. He also gives medical assistance to children below 5yrs. According to him, he has reconstructed the palace of the Paramount Chief of his town. Hon. Usibe told news men that his two legacies are; demarcation of communities, especially where there have been land tussle; and Making sure that Yala is free of filth by creating 4urban centers in the LGA.
On the importance of the training, he said it good and timely. He informed the media that he is used to such trainings right from his days in service.
Another ALGON member, Chief Onoriode E. Sunday, the Chairman of Ethiope East LGA, Delta State, told newsmen how grateful he is about the timing of the training. He said that relationship between the state government and ALGON in his state is cordial. He identified insecurity as the biggest challenge facing LG executives in his state. He described it as mini Boko Haram. One of his achievements is having been able to address the problem of rural roads.
The training for ALGON members from south-south will come to an end on 20th May, 2014.