Strengthening local councils will solve security challenges -Deputy Speaker

Rep. Ahmed Wase, Deputy Speaker of , has called strengthening of government councils in Nigeria towards addressing security challenges in country.

Wase said this at opening of a leadership training by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) elected government councils officials from Delta in Abuja on Thursday.

“My dream country is to have a very sound, vibrant working government system; when you have that one in Nigeria, I want to say all the security challenges we are having in this country will be solved.

“I come from one of the remotest part of this country; I know how administration then in the past, not the one we are having today and I believe collectively all of us we make it work again, we change the narration, we make it better.

“My prayer is that before the end of this administration, we should deliver on our constitutional amendment; to a workable system that will be truly third tier of government.

“Not the third tier that when you do federation account allocation some few persons will go and sit somewhere in small room do all the cuttings and send out peanuts.

“Meanwhile, the bulk of the , being infrastructure, insecurity is there at the ,” he said.

Earlier, Elumelu said that the training to ensure democratic dividends for the people who elected him the green chambers.
“The people that voted us office or voted them have done so by way of investment and the vote is their investment in them.

“The return on investment is the dividends of democracy that they will be providing to the people that voted for them.

“And that is their return and they cannot make that return possible if they are not well informed.

“My dream is to ensure that at the end of this exercise they will be well groomed, well informed and they will be empathic and also see themselves as peoples representatives that will go back and showcase all that they have learnt here and put them good use,” he said.

Prof Epiphany Azeinge, a Guest Speaker at the event, urged the council officials to see their victory as a call to service to the people and an opportunity to demonstrate leadership.

He advised them to master their constitutional mandates, extant laws and regulations to enable them function effectively.

“As the third tier of government you are critical stakeholders in our federal system of government. Be informed that leadership comes with responsibility.

“Therefore, you must show responsibility no ramifications of your duties and obligations; you do that by showing and demonstrating leadership to your staff and your people by being accountable in all you do, by being selfless and altruistic by observing due process and the by avoiding the culture of impunity.

“Do that by identifying priorities and pursuing them to logical conclusions; learn to be frugal and prudent in management of public funds, always realise that public fund is a public trust.

“Teamwork and spirit cannot be over emphasised at the cause of your duties, be role models, influencers, enablers and a sources of inspiration to your people.

“Let me say this that good leaders are students of , learn from mistakes of others and build upon their successes; define and pursue your legacy. Do not be a mere footnote in write your story for generations to come,” he said.(NAN)