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OBUSOM DECRIES WASTE MANAGEMENT SUTUATION IN ASABA, SAYS OSHIMILI SOUTH HAS REFORMED IDENTIFICATION PROCESS

 

 

Barely three months to the expiration of the tenures of council chairmen in Delta State, Chairman, Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, Barr (Pst) Chuks John Obusom has rolled out the achievements of his administration in the last two and half years.

The council boss reeled out some of his achievements Wednesday when leaders and members of the Indigenous Correspondents’ Chapel (ICC), of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council had a media parley with him in his office.

The chairman who assumed office, October 2014 disclosed that he was able to develop a reformed model for the identification of indigenes of the council which has been infiltrated by some persons from across the Niger.

“We have been able to establish a thorough and a reformed way of identifying Oshimili South indigenes. Before I assumed this office, so many people from across the Niger, you see them flouting identification letters. This has made us not only to loss crucial positions in terms of employment. Even outside here, in the military and other places, some people have gone there using Oshimili South slot”, he revealed.

He noted that several things actually went wrong in the identification process, “so we reformed that process. I personally signed identification letters and I will screen you, if I need to make calls, I do and of course before you have my identification, you must have established that you are from Oshimili South. I was able to write to the ministries doing the screening. If you don’t have anybody with my own signature don’t honour it”, noting that the move has yielded positive result.

The chairman pointed out that the step has taken care of non-indigenes who masqueraded as indigenes of the council area, “I think that is a reformatory step”.

Pastor Obusom also disclosed that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the council which lacks organization when he assumed office was properly harnessed, “we did what is called enumeration, trying to identify our revenue sources and then we discovered also that there is need to have a revenue bye-law as there was no one that was effective then. And after that we set up a system of revenue collection where revenue that are been generated is channeled to the banks, there is no cash collection, any cash collection is illegal”, stressing that, “we tried to dissuade self-help in revenue collection. When they use taskforce to molest people here and there which to me as a lawyer is unacceptable and we have to make sure that people are tried through due process to ensure that they have been served and we will now use a judicial process to be able to get our revenue”.

Other successes Barr Obusom reeled out includes: removal of revenue courts from rented apartments across the council which according to him led to the erection of a gigantic revenue court in the council premises, “I have tried to check, I have never seen a local government council in the 774 LGAs in the country that built a revenue court”, bought a 13KVA transformer to end about three years blackout in the secretariat, make the environment conducive for workers, started poultry farm with 2% allocation which the law requested of the council to set aside for agriculture, “we have just finished disposing some of them and we want to start stocking for the Christmas period”.

He added that the council was able to partake in the grading of the out-roads with the fixing of the tractors to sand fill some roads that need attention with particular reference to the Oko area in spite of the financial down turn, “on assumption of office also when we had SURE-P, we were able to get farm seedlings; okro, yams for the farmers at the Oko area to boost food production and we were able to construct and commission Ogbogonogo Mini market with over 300 shops (lockup and open shops)”.

 

Oshimili South Local Government Chairman, Pastor Chuks Obusom, a Barrister-at-Law is not very pleased with the problem of waste management in the Asaba metropolis, a situation that is fast defacing the Delta state capital city and almost turning it into a dingy environment.
The council chairman expressed his disapproval and disenchantment with the situation when he hosted members of the Indigenous Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) who paid him a courtesy call.
In answer to a reporters’ question, Obusom said: “I am not pleased with the sanitation situation in Asaba. I feel bitter about the waste management situation of Asaba.”
He recalled how in a bid to tackle the problem an inter ministerial committee involving the local government office of the Secretary to State Government (SSG) and the Waste Management Board, in which the committee among other things screened all the PSPs during which it was discovered that they did not have the facilities to do the job.
The frustration of the council chairman is that the Delta State Waste Management Board insists that it is their sole responsibility to handle waste management.
But for the problem of waste management, Obusom told the journalists that although he would not be the one to assess the performance of his administration, but observed that upon assuming office, he and his team had set goals.
He said: “We have a reformed way of identifying Oshimili South indigenes. In time past people from across the Niger (from the Eastern states) flaunt identification materials claiming to be indigenes of the local government. Now, I personally sign identification letters. By this we have been able to check those non indigenes masquerading as Oshimili South indigenes.”
Also, Obusome noted that his administration carried out a reform of revenue generation in the council. “We had to enact our revenue bye-law that outlawed physical cash collection. Any cash collection is illegal. Cash collection has to be channeled to the banks directly,” he pointed out.
He continued: “Before we came on board there were no revenue courts. We built a twin hall revenue court, we furnished and equipped. I have checked and have not found from the 774 local governments in Nigeria any revenue court like we have here.
“Also by law, two percent of our allocation is set aside for operation of our poultry farms. We look up to providing our people with products from our farms in December. We have partaking in the grading of the earth roads. We got farm seedlings for our farmers, and we also constructed the Ogbeogonogo mini-shops. We converted the primary school to mini-shops and relocated the school,” Obusom observed.
Asked why the council management allowed the indiscriminate siting of filling stations even in residential areas in Asaba, Pastor Obusom he exonerated the council saying that the Oshimili South Local Government is not in charge of giving approval for the siting of filling stations.
He also described as untrue, allegations that some serving council chairmen including himself have signed a written document with Governor Okowa to be imposed and returned for a second tenure.
Obusom said: “It is a lie. That is not true to the best of my knowledge. There is no agreement signed with any local government chairman for purposes of imposition. The Governor has said it time and time again that people should go and work in the areas where they seek elective offices and test their popularity. As for being imposed because a document was signed with the governor is a lie.”
Earlier, ICC chairman, Comrade Bartholomew Ozah told the Council Chairman that the journalists who represent the various organs of the local and grassroots media including the online news outfits commended him for his leadership ingenuity that the chairman brought to bear in the administration of Oshimili South Local Government, pointing out hoever that there is always enough room for improvement.

Earlier, Chairman, ICC, Comrade Barth Ozah, commended the council chairman over his leadership ingenuity which he brought to bear in the administration in the council.

Comrade Ozah urged him to always engage the community media who are in the better place to enlighten the populace on the programmes and policies, “especially, regarding the successes you have recorded as well as your views on critical issues”.

 

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