I REMAIN CHAIRMAN OF BURUTU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA. ONLY THE DELTA STATE HOUSE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY THAT I RESPECT SO MUCH CAN REMOVE ME FROM OFFICE. DESPITE THE CURRENT CHALLENGES, I AM NOT OWING COUNCILLORS AND WORKERS IN BURUTU LGA. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO MAKE IT OVERNIGHT WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE INTEREST OF THE ELECTORATE. I REMAIN RESOLUTE IN DOING THE RIGHT THING. I WILL ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT MONEY IS USE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS AND NOT TO BE SHARED. NO MATTER THE INTIMIDATION AND BLACKMAIL, I WILL NOT DERAIL, EVEN TO THE VERY LAST DAY OF MY TENURE”— HON EBIKEME CLARK, CHAIRMAN, BURUTU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF DELTA STATE.
THE BURUTU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA THAT I MET ON ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE — HON EBIKEME CLARK
Burutu local government is the only local government in Delta state that is not owing workers’ salaries. N50M loan borrowed by previous administrations and shared was paid by me, I met a riverine local government without a boat I bought 3 for workers, legislative arm and the executive.
The boat given to the legislative arm was hired to an oil company without due process and up till now we don’t know where the boat is. I met a council without a working vehicle, I bought 6 brand new ones, I gave each of the 20 councilors a constituency project which I have completely paid for.
Outside full payment of all Burutu local government workers up to date I have given the councilors in excess of N100million in the form of claims and other allowances.
The Leader of the legislative arm enjoys a brand new car. I have always asked them to compare themselves with their counterparts in the other local governments of the state.
I just completed the renovation of the council secretariat and the legislative chambers with internally generated revenue.
Furniture to replace the last ones bought since 2002 are in production and will be delivered in less than 2 weeks from now. These and many more I can’t remember were done in this harsh economic situation we found ourselves.
I have always pleaded with them that if not for the recession I would have done more.
The councilors are critical of my administrative style.
They believe I should have accumulated salary arrears like other councils and diverted some of the money for sharing to enable them build their houses and buy cars.
They had threatened that if I do not leave part of the last two months allocation for sharing they will move a motion against me. These are the sins of Ebikeme Clark.