The Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Larmode, has pledged that his organization will partner with ALGON in training of principal officers of the 744 local government areas in the country. He made this statement through the Deputy Director of Training, Barmanga Bello, at the 2day training for ALGON members from the North-Central Zone of Nigeria. The zone comprises of; Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara and Benue states, plus FCT. The training titled: “Anti-Corruption, Fiscal Responsibility and Effective Leadership”. The training takes place in the training institute of EFCC and most of the resource persons are staff of the anti-corruption agency.
The turnout to the event by ALGON members from the zone has been encouraging. Most of the attendees were satisfied with the standard of contents of the topics presented at the first day of the training. The chairman of Akwanga LGA of Nasarawa State, Hon. A. A. Koto, thanked the organizers for the timely and effective training. He said that his priority in the LGA is to ensure speedy development of the rural communities in his domain.
Dr. Remi Odutola, the Chairman of Ijumu LGA, Kogi State said that the training should be a continuous exercise to keep LG officials abreast of the norm in modern governance. The Medical Dr. turned politician said even though he just assumed office, but he has been able to effect changes in his LGA. He has sunk a couple boreholes in almost every community in the LGA. He promised to use resources wisely in development of his council.
The chairman of Lokoja LGA, who is also the secretary of Kogi State ALGON, Comrade Baba Usman Aliyu told newsmen that he has been able to increase the revenue base of the LGA. He said that tourism and agriculture are the measure revenue earners for the LGA. He revealed that his LGA will soon open other avenues for IGR. Currently Lokoja LGA has the highest IGR in Kogi State.
For the Chairman of Obi LGA of Nasarawa State, Hon. DSP(Rtd.) Agivo Joshua, the major problem facing his young administration is how to re-settlement of displaced people in the LGA. Even at that, he has been able to give bursary to some indigent students of the LGA. He promised that by the time his administration is 100days in office, he will have something to boast of.
Hon. Abdul-Ganiyu M. O. Ajibade of Moro LGA, Kwara State, said he has been able to sink 100boreholes within short time he has been in office. On the call for the scrapping of LGAs, he said that it cannot be possible as the LGAs are the easiest way to take development to rural areas.
Another chairman from Kwara State, Hon. Barr. Amodu A. Okandeji said told our reporter that he has been able to accomplish some low expenditure projects in a very short time in office. He promised to accomplish all he had in his campaign manifesto.
The organizer of the training commended the zone for producing the highest delegates so far for the training. The training for the zone will come to an end on 22nd May.2014.