At the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen and their councillors in Cross River State on June 1 this year, all of them will vacate office immediately, even though election has not been conducted to usher in new officials.
State commissioner for information, Eric Anderson told TNN over the telephone on Thursday that fresh election could not be conducted because of funds. He said there were civil servants in the local governments who would take over the councils pending when new officials take over.
He did not, however, say if the government has clearly instructed the civil servants to take over the affairs of the local governments to avoid a lacuna in the local government system, before the coming of the next government.
But he was also quick to add that the in-coming government of Senator Prince Otu will take a decision on what will happen after he must have taken over on May 29.
The local government chairmen have been hoping against hope, that their tenure may be extended by the out-going governor, or that they may be appointed to remain in office as caretaker chairmen.