By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
About forty-five vehicles worth N200 million naira has been distributed to aid the effectiveness and efficiency of the state workforce by the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
The beneficiaries include the state Ministry of Local Government, Local Government Service Commission, Local Government Audit, 12 local Government Chairmen and 25 Education Secretaries.
Distributing the vehicles to representatives of the relevant agencies at the Government House, Minna, the state capital, the Governor informed that the vehicles were distributed to enable officials of the benefiting agencies to carryout various responsibilities in their various Local Government Areas.
According to the Governor, 12 Hilux vans where to be distributed among 12 local government areas in the state to include: Munya, Katcha, Suleija, Rafi, Bida, Rijau, Magama, Mokwa, Agaie, Edati, Chanchaga, and Rijau.
Governor Bello also mentioned that each of the 25 Golf Volkswagen was distributed the Education Secretaries across the 25 local government areas of the state while the Ministry of Local Government received 4 Hilux vans, Local Government Audit 3 vans and Local Government Service Commission allocated with 3 Hilux vans.
He challenged them to ensure effective usage of the vehicles, adding that anyone found abusing the utilization of the vehicles will face penalty.
“We have resolved to support our civil servants, political appointees and everyone that works for Niger state with what they need to function efficiently and effectively despite the scarce and limited resources.”
“As difficult and expensive as things are, we have raised money to deprive some sectors so as to provide vehicles to allow a very functional government and I expect you to manage and maintain these vehicles very well. Government will not hesitate to deal with anyone found abusing any of the vehicles,” the governor warned.
Responding, the National President and Chairman of Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON), Alhaji Gambo Tanko who received the vehicles on behalf of the benefiting local government chairmen commended the government for providing the vehicles to enable them carry out their responsibilities.
The ALGON Chairman who is also the chairman of Rafi Local Government area of state assured the governor of proper utilization of the vehicles.