Governor Emmanuel stated this during the inauguration of Transition Committee chairmen for the Local Government Councils at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo.
He said that in view of the prevalent economic situation, the state would inject economic stimuli to reduce the hardship in the system and directed the Ministry of Finance to commence disbursement of Small and Medium Enterprise loans to the people to boost their businesses.
He charged the newly sworn in council chairmen to deliver quality services in their respective areas and prove their mettle by exhibiting high level probity in the administration of the councils.
“You have been given a chance of a lifetime, run with it, let your talents and skills show; show the people that the choice we had in you was not misplaced. Consider this moment as a platform that can lead you to other possibilities”, he said.
Speaking further, the governor noted “The office you are sworn in today should not be seen as a clutch for immediate gratification, or one where you would engage in conspicuous excesses, let it remain true to its foundational principle which is predicated on service to the people. If you provide selfless service you will be rewarded and such satisfaction can never be quantified. Let this be your guiding principle”.
Eleven former Transition chairmen were lucky to be reappointed while four women made the list in a bid to justify the 30 percent affirmative action of Political inclusion of the female gender.