Minister blasts governors over joint LG accounts

Minister blasts governors over joint LG accounts

- Minister of state for power, works and housing Mustapha Baba Shehuri, has blamed governors for the underdevelopment of local governments

- He said the governors have usurped the powers of local governments in the name of joint accounts

- The minister also alleged that the failures of the the local governments are responsible for some of the ills in the country

Mustapha Baba Shehuri, minister of state for power, Works and Housing blasted Nigerian state governors for usurping the powers of local governments in the name of joint accounts.

He argued that the action had persistently blocked development from trickling down to the rural dwellers who form the majority of the country’s population.

Shehuri who declared his aspiration to contest the governorship of Borno state in the 2019 elections said that the actions of the governors had caused severe impoverishment of their populations.

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He argued that this was also responsible for insecurity in the name of such calamities as Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and banditry.

Meanwhile, had reported that the minister of state for power, works and housing, Mr Mustapha Baba Shehuri stated that the ministry would ensure that the challenge of housing deficit, put at 17 million units, in Nigeria was surmounted.

He also said that the ministry’s Public Private Partnership arrangement to build mass housing units for public workers over the next three years had reached an advanced stage in terms of implementation.

Shehuri said this while commissioning Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Scheme/MINFA (Nigeria) limited ministerial pilot housing scheme at Naze in Owerri north local government area of Imo state.

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He said that the completion of the Naze estate and its peers across the country was a demonstration of the achievement of the federal government in providing affordable housing for Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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