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As a continuation of fulfilling his social contract with the people of Degema Local Government Area in Rivers State, the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Michael John Williams, has concluded plans to begin construction of a Town Hall fit for the people of the Udekama Kingdom in Local Government Ward 12.
Speaking at a consultative meeting with community stakeholders, including chiefs, Community Development Committee (CDC), youth and women’s representatives, at the Council Secretariat in Degema on Monday, the President said informed that the meeting has been convened in order to seek community consent and approval, prior to its commencement, in accordance with his administration’s policy to consult and involve community members in development projects and programs of the government.
He commended the community for their patience and steadfastness with his administration as projects were implemented in other communities, saying his administration was committed to fulfilling its campaign promise to implement projects in all communities in the LGA.
He however took a swipe at some misguided people who are rushing on social media to ridicule and abuse the government for not embarking on projects in all LGA communities simultaneously, describing it as unrealistic as no administration could achieve this, given the scarcity of funds.
The Council President said his love for the communities and people of the LGA motivates him to do what he does for them, adding that governments are expected to work for the betterment of society.
“People often say, even listening to me, that this president will leave broke with a waterproof bag. But I tell them in all honesty that I’m comfortable with my monthly report.
“We are not here to enrich ourselves, but to make Degema LGA better than we met it and that is partly why we are investing heavily in the infrastructure of our various communities,” he said.
The council boss, who briefed the community on his plan for the community, however, asked them to submit projects of their choice for consideration, if they preferred something else.
After the community representatives approved the construction of the town hall, the president of the council unveiled the prototype and asked them to provide non-contentious land for the start of the project.
In response, the Onu-Onyan Ekein of the Udekama Kingdom, King (Dr.) Reuben Zachariah Amos, Peika 7, thanked the chairman of the council for his kind gesture towards the people of the region.
Represented by Chief Oho-Oswo Francis, the traditional ruler praised the President for changing the LGA’s past narrative, noting that he had done better than all past Council Presidents.
While particularly thanking the President for appointing their sons and daughters to his administration, the Traditional Ruler pledged that his people will continue to have good conduct to bring about peace in the LGA.
“We would like to thank the President for honoring his promise to us, such as bringing this project to our community, appointing our sons and daughters to his cabinet, among others, which had never happened under previous regimes.” So our president has started off on a very good footing by setting up this town hall in our community and we accept that in good faith and we say a big thank you to our president.
“We want to promise our president that we will continue to have good conduct, that we will continue to conduct ourselves in an honorable manner and that there will be no breach of the peace,” he said.
Community representatives then drove the council chair into the community, where he was shown land for the site of the town hall project.

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