Jigawa State Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar has said despite local government areas’ financial autonomy, governors will continue to monitor the financial expenditures of the local government areas and ensure that workers’ pension and salaries are among the first line charges.
Abubakar spoke yesterday in Dutse, the state capital, while addressing reporters on local government financial autonomy and how it affects the state government.
The governor stressed that the state government will continue with all the joint projects that have been awarded until they are completed for the benefits of the public.
He said: “The state government will continue to finance it but henceforth new ones will not be considered since the local councils are financially autonomous.”
Abubakar promised to give bailout and other financial interventions to any local government with financial challenges in the state.
The governor said financial autonomy had exposed how governors were generous to local governments and proved wrong those accusing states of creating financial difficulties to the local governments.
He said some local government chairmen had started begging governors to cancel the financial autonomy, adding that this has become impossible.
Abubakar said his administration hadd set a benchmark under which every local government area would get a minimum of N5 million for running its affairs monthly, no matter the situation.
“In June, Hadejia Local Government Area was given N40 million from State Stabilisation Fund to bridge the N35 million deficit in its monthly expenditure and use the remaining N5 million for running the local government affairs,” he said.
Abubakar reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue assisting the local governments as the Federal Government had been doing to many states across the federation.