By Ismail Kabir.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. Momodu Salami Ozigi has pledged full support of his ministry to the Kogi State Social Investment Programmes.
Barr. Deedat gave the assurance on Monday in Lokoja during a courtesy visit by the management team of Kogi SIP led by the focal person, Hon. Abdulkareem Suleiman Onyekehi.
The Commissioner lauded the SIP for the immense socio-economic value the programmes have added to the beneficiaries in Kogi and promised to give maximum support for improved service delivery.
The commissioner promised to ensure smooth relationship between his office and the SIP office for effective management considering the increasing beneficiaries of the Programmes in the state.
Earlier, the Focal Person, Hon. Abdulkareem Suleiman Onyekehi, appreciated the support his office has received from the commissioner since he resumed office, describing it as an indication of a new era for the program and it’s teeming beneficiaries across Kogi State.
Hon. Onyekehi gladly acknowledged the boost the office has received from the Commissioner prior to the visit.
“We appreciate your tremendous support to our office even without lobbying for it.”This has assured us of a promising future for a more effective management and implementation of the programme,” Onyekehi said
The focal person noted the meeting provided an opportunity to appeal for mpre support from local government ministry to the office of the social investment programmes.
He pleaded, among other areas, the need for the payment of backlog of staff salaries and the lack of official utility vehicles for the office for effective monitoring exercise and field work in rural communities just as he urged for maximum synergy with the ministry for optimum performance.