Professor appointed local government chairperson in Enugu

A professor of public administration and local government, Rose Onah, has been named the chairperson of a caretaker committee of Nsukka Local Government Council of Enugu State.

Mrs. Onah, who teaches at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, assumed her office on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

She addressed workers at the council’s secretariat and asked for their support.

“I cannot do it alone; I need the maximum support of everybody in Nsukka to move the council forward; the LGA belongs to all of us and we must join hands to build it to an enviable height.

“Today is a new beginning, and I have absolute trust in God that appointed me to this position, that he will give me the required wisdom to restore the past glory of this council,” she said.

Mrs. Onah said she would collaborate with relevant authorities in the state to ensure that the arrears of salaries owed workers are cleared to restore the confidence of workers in government.

“As I’m inheriting assets of the council today, so also I am inheriting its liabilities which include the eight months of salary arrears owed workers.

“I thank workers who in spite of all odds came out in their numbers to witness my assumption of office as the caretaker chairman of the council.

“My promise to them is that there will be cordial relationship between the council and workers, as my administration will operate an `open door policy’,” she said.

The chairperson said she would bring her wealth of experience as a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Local Government Affairs to bear to reposition the local government area.

“The Department of Public Administration and Local Government Affairs has been in the fore front of organising seminars and workshop for local government councils in the country on how to run better and efficient local government system.

“This is an opportunity for me to bring my wealth of experience to ensure efficient and prudent management of Nsukka LG council,” she said.

In his remarks, the vice chairman of Nsukka LG Caretaker Committee, Alphonsus Nweze, said he would give the chairperson the necessary support for improved productivity.

“I will help to ensure that the chairman succeeds in her policies and programmes to move the council forward,” he said.

The chairman, National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Nsukka LGA, George Ngwu, said workers were happy over the appointment of Mrs. Onah as the caretaker chairperson of the council and pledged their support to enable her succeed.

“The number of workers who turned out to welcome the new council boss is an indication that workers are happy with her appointment. NULGE will give her all support and encouragement to ensure that she succeeds,” he said.

“We know that the council boss being a mother, that she will not like the workers to go hungry,’’ he said.

Earlier, Rev. Fr. Paul Obayi, Director of Okunaerer Adoration Ministry, Nsukka, prayed for divine peace, progress and unity to reign in the Nsukka LGA.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, had last week inaugurated caretaker committees for the 17 local government councils in the state following the expiration of the tenure of the elected council chairmen on Jan. 4 (NAN)


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  • Maria

    lol!

  • amazing2012

    What a disgrace to academic profession !

    • BIA WHO? FRAUD.

      I’n sorry but I don’t see anything wrong with this. This is the problem in Nigeria, we tend to attach too much importance to educational papers. Just because she’s a prof does not mean she’s too big for the position. This position will actually allow her the opportunity to put to practice all that she has been teaching her students.

    • Rommel

      Someone who teaches local government administration in a university being appointed as caretaker of a local government council where her institution is located and you are calling is disgrace? what is disgraceful is your understanding of the issue

  • Rommel

    She needs now to practice what she has been teaching

  • tsunami1earthquake

    It appears these members of the academic institution are hungry people! How could a professor of long standing accept an appointment as chairman of a local government caretaker committee? Hungry people.

    • Enemona

      You’re the one who needs reorientation. Being in government is all about service, it’s not about ‘eating’. She has done the right thing, intellectuals nees to begin to come into leadership positions at every and any level.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        “You’re the one who needs reorientation”. Whatever that means.

  • Chuks

    The professor that accepted this downgrade is coming to loot.

    • PolyGon2013

      I totally agree.

    • musa aliyu

      Gbam!

  • Bishop Agofure Linuz

    While a Professor is Local Government Chairman, a WAEC failure (2.5 credits and F9 in Maths) is President. Nigeria is a country of novel absurdities. No wonder Nigeria never develops. You can now imagine the standards that would exist for Presidency in Biafra if a Prof can be a Local Govt Chairman. It is clear why the Biafrans want a break way asap. Nigeria is sick. Very sick.

    • Wale

      Mr.Man, Nigeria voted for the person of Ebele Azikwe before now and he almost drove the country into a ditch.
      your professorship and PHDs are not worth the paper they are printed on.

      • I did It 4 Love.

        You have completely waled (waylaid) Bishop. Thanks

  • Bishop Agofure Linuz

    .While a Professor is Local Government Chairman, a WAEC failure (with 2 and half credits and F9 in Maths) is President. Nigeria is a country of novel absurdities. No wonder Nigeria never develops. You can now imagine the standards that would exist for Presidency in Biafra if a Prof can be a Local Govt Chairman. It is clear why the Biafrans want a break way asap. Nigeria is sick. Very sick.

    • PolyGon2013

      The prof must have had a problem. Otherwise, why would she reduce herself to that level.

      • I did It 4 Love.

        Money. Owo da. We all love money except me or may be they are related.

  • sam

    Actually the local Government was designed to be managed by retired technocrat and not the present agboros.

  • Maria

    But this picture is Ifeanyi Ubah’s not the governor.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      You need to change the lens on your glasses!

      • Maria

        PM has changed the picture when I raised this observation. What you see now wasnt what was posted originally. You should have asked me first…pele oooo

        • Epsilon_Delta

          Sorry about that.

  • International games

    At last. A round peg in a round hole. Public Administrator for Public Administration, not tout for Administrator.