Rivers State

•••Says service is the basis for democracy.

Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barr George Ariolu has urged residents to ensure government facilities within their localities are properly safeguarded and protected to avoid vandalism from scavengers, leading to damage and subsequent repairs of such properties.

He said the role of government in governance is to ensure that quality programs and policies are enacted to make rooms for sustainable developments which will enhance and encourage standard of living and ease of doing business amongst residents.

Ariolu stated this on Thursday in his address at the Council Headquarters, Rumuodomaya, during the official handover of 500KVA transformers to Rukpakulusi and Rumuodunwere communities respectively.

He emphasized that service delivery is the basis for which democracy exists, calling on leaders of communities to continue to mount support for the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party at the Local Government and State level.

According to him, the focus of his administration is to ensure dividends of democracy are evenly distributed to the masses through good governance.

Ariolu assured that his administration will not fail in ensuring that it fulfils promises made to electorates during the electioneering period.

He further revealed that the Council, while making sure demands of the people are met, can only do so with the availability of funds, urging community leaders to lead campaigns for the payment of levies and taxes by buiness operators in their domains.

The Council boss, during the handover of the 500KVA tranfomers to benefitting communities, reminded them that it is the responsibility of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company to provide and maintain electrical facilities, adding that the Council only intervenes because the people are its responsibility.

In another development, Ariolu has commended the people of Rumunduru for their peaceful disposition which has contributed to the growth and development of the Local Government.

He said development can not be achieved in any society where restiveness thrives, adding that peace and progress is the platform upon which such development can be attained.

While emphasising on the need to add value to the people, he stressed that his administration will continue to build human capital development and invest on the people such that its multiplier effect will last the test of time.

He however urged members of the Rumunduru Town Council to be sensitive to the programs and policies as well as participate in activities of his administration that seeks to promote peace, progress, unity and development of the people.

Ichenwo Goodluck
Chief press secretary
Obio/Akpor LGA

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