Ekiti State Government has expressed its determination to conduct local government elections in the state later this year.
Governor Kayode Fayemi gave the hint during the inauguration of caretaker chairmen of the 16 local governments in the state in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
Plans by the Fayemi administration to conduct the local government election in 2012 were aborted by a law suit instituted against the State Independent electoral Commission (SIEC) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Fayemi, however, told a cheery crowd of supporters at the Jibowu Hall, venue of the inauguration that the legal obstructions in the way of the conduct of the council poll were being resolved.
“Our administration is determined to hold local government elections before the end of 2014 by the grace of God,” the governor said, adding that his administration was committed to representative democracy at the local government level.
Urging the citizens of the state to be alive to their civil responsibilities especially as the governorship election takes place in the state by June, Governor Fayemi stressed the importance of the citizens’ participation in the various exercises outlined by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), notably the Distribution of Permanent Voters Card slated for March 7 and 9 and continuous voters registration between March 12 and 19), among others.
The governor, who noted that his administration placed much importance on the quality of personnel at the helm of affairs in the council areas, urged the new council chairmen to be close to the people whom they were appointed to serve.
“We have carefully chosen men and women of repute who have very good understanding of the goals of this administration and have the capacity to carry all stakeholders along towards achieving them,” he added.
He said that in furtherance of the administration’s engagement with the citizens, the administration was kick-starting the local government stakeholders’ forum aimed at consolidating the government’s feedback mechanism.
He urged new council chairmen to strive to perform creditably, reminding them of the need to ensure transparency, diligence and commitment to growth and development.