Mr Joseph Oni, the Chairman of Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara, on Wednesday inaugurated a N6.1 million office building complex at Iloffa, the council headquarters.
Speking at the inauguration, Oni urged the workers to ensure adequate maintenance of the council’s facilities.
He said the adequate maintenance of such facilities would promote efficiency, enhance productivity as well as assist in the smooth running of the council’s administration.
Oni urged the workers to reciprocate the administration’s magnanimity by making dedication to duties, punctuality and honesty their watchwords.
The council boss said the pressure to put up additional office accommodation within the council Secretariat became pronounced since inception of the administration in 2017.
He said it became very difficult to get office accommodation for most of the principal officers, regular staff as well as officers of the state and federal agencies posted to the council.
He said the execution of the project, in spite of its importance and relevance to the council’s administration, was a bit delayed due to paucity of funds and inadequate resources.
Oni said the project, which was executed through direct labour, had the full input and supervision of professionals with strict adherence to laid down rules and regulations.
He commended the state government, council’s principal officers, members of the legislative arm, and traditional rulers for their unquantifiable support so far.
According to him, the collective determination of all and the will to make sacrifice, led to the bold decision to embark on the project.
“Our sincere appreciation goes to the state government through the office of the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development for given approval to this project.
“We have not only put the building alone, we have adequately equipped all offices with required furniture and other accessories to enhance good working environment,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the administration had earlier embarked on the massive renovation of the council’s Area offices and primary healthcare centres across towns and villages.
Alhaji Saidu Abeeb, the Kwara State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, on his part, said the project was beneficial and timely.
Abeeb urged other council chairmen, especially within the Kwara South Senatorial District, to emulate the laudable gesture.
The Elekan of Ekan, Oba Michael Adeyemi, in his remarks, described the project as unprecedented in the history of the council.
He praised the council’s administration for its dedication and foresight toward impacting positively on the living standard of the people.