By John Kayode
The Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) has organised a three day workshop for its top functionaries to ensure crisis -free Obaship selection in Ondo State.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Amidu Takuro while declaring the workshop held in Akure open, said it will further equip the top government functionaries on the need to be just and fair in selection of traditional rulers.
The Commissioner added that a free and fair selection of traditional rulers will guarantee development and smooth transition.
He enjoined all the participants to be attentive and focused on the workshop, because they hold a sensitive position that could make or mar the progress of the state.
He said: “The theme of the workshop “Management of Chieftaincy Matters” was concise and embedded with many sub sections which will open and sharpen the understanding of the participants to the challenges militating against chieftaincy issue.
He commended the Chairman of the commission for taking a bold step in confronting the sensitive issue, saying he was convinced it would yield positive result.
The Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Mr Femi Idris noted that chieftaincy issues will always remain a recurrent decimal as long as societies and communities exist, therefore government must at all times ensure there is crisis free transition.
The chairman urged the political appointees at the local government to collaborate with the career officers for effective delivery of dividends of democracy to the masses.
According to him, “career officers are strategically positioned to help actualise the manifestos and desire of government, you cannot afford to push them aside”.
The Permanent Secretary of the commission, Mrs Adenike Ogunsola opined that the workshop was not a misplaced priority but timely given the exigencies of time and event .
She said: it’s on record that occupiers of the top echelon in the local government service are exiting the service and new hands are taking over ,hence it’s appropriate to expose the successors to the challenges of their new offices to guide against avoidable crisis.
The resource person, Mr Ade Akinbosade charged the participants to ensure they put what they have been taught in practice in their various local governments and ensure they perform their duties without bias.