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)