House of Representatives Member for Gwer-East-Gwer-West Federal Constituency of Benue State, Architect Asema Achado has urged Governor Hyacinth Alia to reconsider the dissolution of elected local government councils in the state.
The federal lawmaker in a statement enjoined the Governor to dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including the elected local government officials to gain full understanding of the situation.
He called on the Governor to explore alternative approaches that may better serve the interests of all stakeholders involved, especially now that according to him, the Nigerian Senate has resolved on the stoppage of federal allocation to local government caretaker committees.
Achado further urged Governor Alia to be more accessible to the electorate, stressing that the ability to engage with the citizens and listen to their concerns is a fundamental aspect of effective governance.
The National Assembly Member advised Governor Alia to create opportunities for open dialogue with people of the State, recommending that such could be done through town hall meetings, public fora or other accessible platforms in order to be attentive to the needs of the people.
Achado appealed to the Governor to always consult with relevant stakeholders, including party leadership at all levels, when making decisions that impact the state, stressing that consultation is the cornerstone of effective leadership.
The federal lawmaker further noted that working collaboratively with political leaders to achieve common goals can help in maintaining support and cooperation and a shared vision for the future of the state, as well as unite political leaders and pave the way for the development of the state and commended the commitment of Governor Alia to the well-being of the people and the development of the state.
He stated: “I have also heard reports regarding your long hours of prayer sessions during the day, which have resulted in delayed or cancelled official engagements. While I understand and appreciate the importance of spiritual devotion, it is equally important to ensure that your duties as governor are carried out effectively and efficiently. I would advise you to consider shifting your well-intended long hours prayer sessions to the night, allowing you to free up your daytime hours for official duties and engagements. This will help in ensuring that your responsibilities as governor are given the attention they deserve, while also honoring your well intended personal beliefs and practices.
“Additionally, it has come to my attention that some senior government officials, bishops, and other senior citizens have had to wait for extended periods, sometimes over 10 hours, to see you for scheduled appointments. This kind of prolonged waiting time can disrupt the schedules of these individuals and may convey a negative perception that you lack consideration for their time. I encourage you to review your scheduling practices and make adjustments to ensure that appointments are honored in a timely manner. This will not only demonstrate respect for the time of others but also showcase your commitment to efficient and professional governance.”