- Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar said Jigawa state local government councils cannot pay salaries on their own
- Abubakar explained that the government councils must learn to live within the limit of their statutory allocations
- According to the governor, the state government will continue to assist the local government but what is obvious is there is a limit to such magnanimity
The Jigwa state governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, said local government councils must learn to live within the limit of their statutory allocations, saying that they cannot pay their salaries.
Abubakar said the state government had to augment the salaries of Hadejia local government council with over N40 million before the council could pay salaries last month, saying such magnanimity would not be sustainable as all three tiers of government are independent of each other.
He added that based on this reason, he must implore the local government councils in the state to look inward on how best to sustain themselves, especially those that cannot cater for regular payment of salaries.
He said: “The state government will continue to assist the local government but what is obvious is there is a limit to such magnanimity.
“I must advise the council chairmen to start thinking on how their respective local government councils could be financially sustainable, including considering the downsizing in some local government with bloated workforce.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, said he was not against local government autonomy as being reported in a section of the media.
The governor made the clarification on Sunday, June 2, via a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The statement noted that Governor Ortom is one of the governors who supported constitutional amendment granting local governments autonomy.
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