Mr John Damap, Chairman, Pankshin Local Government of Plateau on Thursday urged newly-elected councillors to brace up for purposeful and life-touching legislation and governance.
Damap made the plea while swearing in the council’s councillors in Pankshin.
He said the councillors should explore all avenues to listen to the electorate, saying that democratic governance was all about result-oriented and dividend-yielding,
The local government boss said the election that brought the councillors to office, though controversial, efforts should be made to engage the people in dialogue for mutual understanding and cooperation for the good of the area.
“As legislators, you are to make laws that will better the lives of our rural populace and live within the ambit of the laws.
“I therefore, challenge you to settle down to business and enact laws that would guide cordial relationship as a people for the growth and development of Pankshin,’’ he said.
Damap said, “there can never be development if there is no peace.’’
According to him, we should ensure that we reach out to those who are aggrieved about the outcome of our local government poll.
He noted that as leaders of Pankshin, the people were looking up to the local government administrators and legislators to deliver the dividend of democracy and must not fail but to do the needful.
Responding on behalf of other councillors, Mr Josiah Dyelshak (Jing Ward), said that as lawmakers of the area, they would study the problems and challenges of the citizens and make laws that would be for the good of the people.
NIGERIA NEWS reports that shortly after the swearing-in, principal officers were nominated to run the affairs of the council.
Mr Tanat Pwatshol was appointed the Leader of the House; Inusa Yusuf, Deputy Leader; Manshak Mwoltu, Majority Leader; and Mr Punshin Lengge as Deputy Majority Leader.
Others were: Mr Tingbak Ibrahim as Chief whip; Hosea Dapal, Deputy Chief Whip; and the only PPD Councillor, Mr Gofwen Joseph, emerged as the Minority Leader.
The executive council members were sworn in by the Clerk of the House, Mr Enoch Sylvanus.