By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Ochor Christopher Ochor has counselled elected officers at the third tier of government to work together to achieve the desired grassroots development goals as the local government administration was created to achieve.
The Deputy Speaker gave the charge in an address during his opening remarks at a two-day capacity building workshop organised for the newly elected council chairmen, their vice and 60 councillors from the three local government areas (LGA) of Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency, by Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PhD), member representing the area in the National Assembly.
The event which waa held at Benvo Hotel Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, had the paper delivered by the Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ochor Chris Ochor titled: “Local Government and Legislative Governance In The 21st Century: Capacity Building Process To Achieving Balance In Grassroots Development”.
While speaking on the theme, the Deputy Speaker, stated that continuous training of elected officers of the executive and legislative arms of the local government will make personnel to understand their roles in working towards the rapid development of the communities within the area.
According to him, “We have to understand how a good local government can be achieved through continuous capacity building training for the elected officers and staff of the local government areas.
Making reference to the 1976 Local Government Act Establishing the Local Government Administration, the Fourth Schedule, Section 2, of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Delta State Local Government Edict of 2013, he reminded the trainees that the administration of the third tier of government is an act of the law, which derives its functions from the constitution.
Rt. Hon. Ochor stated; “Local Government is an institution created by the constitution to provide public services according to local situations through the involvement of the people, and the administrators must ensure maximum efficiency in their public services to guarantee grassroots development.”
He said that the institution of Local Government is established to achieve the triple objective of ensuring political participation, efficient service delivery, and resources (both human and material) mobilization with the overall goal of achieving improved standard of living and conditions of the people at the grassroots.
He therefore, reminded them that to achieve the set objectives, the Executive and Legislative Arms must work in synergy at any given time, providing unhindered political participation, efficient services delivery, and mobilization of both human and material resources in order to give the people sense of belonging as expected in today’s Local Government Administration.
While congratulating the participants for the opportunity, he stated that they should put the knowledge they will gain from the workshop to use, as it will help them to articulate their contributions to grassroots particularly their immediate wards.
While enumerating the various areas of collaboration, and individual duties of both arms of government, he advised that there should be continuous capacity building workshops for both the elected members and staff of the LGAs, as such will always help to build confidence amongst all officials in Local Government Administration.
The Deputy Speaker, appreciated the organiser, Hon (Evang.) Ossai Nicolas Ossai (PhD) for the initiative, stating that it’s first of its kind in the shores of Ndokwa nation, for newly elected council executives and councillors to be trained.
Those in attendance at the opening programme were, Hon Ossai N. Ossai, Dr. Samuel Ossai, the Commissioner Representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani at the Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chairman Ndokwa West, Chief Obi Nzete, Mr. Juan Guvnor, Chairman Ndokwa West Local Government Area, the Vice Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Area, Mrs. Veronica Egbune.