Newly elected mayor of Barishal City Corporation (BCC) and its councilors took oath at a function at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath of Barishal mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah while the councilors took oath from Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Khandker Mosharraf Hossain.
Senior Secretary of the Local Government Division Jafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath taking ceremony.
Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Division Obaidul Kader and political leaders of Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions were present.
Mayor of Barishal City Corporation and 40 councilors were elected in the city polls held on July 30, 2018.
In her speech after administering the oath, the prime minister urged the newly elected mayor and councilors to serve the voters with dedication to fulfill their expectation.
“You are ‘oath-bound’ to serve the people. So you have to work with devotion to ensure proper utilisation of every Taka allocated by the government for development,” she said.
The prime minister thanked the voters of Barishal City Corporation for casting their votes in favour of the ‘boat’ (election symbol of Awami League). She also urged them to ensure victory of ‘boat’ in coming general elections.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has been trying to regain the glory of Barishal and rest of the areas of southern part of Bangladesh as a “treasure of food grain.”
Pointing out her struggle for country’s development over the last ten years, the prime minister said the elected representatives should work not to make their own fortune but to change the lots of the people.
Sheikh Hasina said her party came to power in 2009 with a commitment of change. “Today, you truly feel the change and people are being freed from poverty,” she said, highlighting the socioeconomic development plan of her government.
The premier said Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 has been prepared envisaging next hundred year’s development plan. “Bangladesh is now a developing country and we have to make it sustainable to go ahead,” she added.-BSS