By ALIYU DANGIDA
Sequel to the recent economic melt down affecting Nigeria, no fewer than 10Â LGAs in Jigawa State are currently receiving zero allocation for the past five consecutive months as monthly grant.
Saturday Vanguard has exclusively gathered that the unmanageable situation has compelled the affected councils to be financially handicapped, as such payments of all contracts have been suspended leaving the masses in dilemma as councilâ€™s chairmen are dodging going to their offices for fear of attack by irate contractors and mob who were usually given money to satisfy their needs.
The affected councils receivingÂ zero allocation,Â according to our finding include Taura local government, Malam Madori, Kaugama, Auyo, Kafin Hausa and JahunÂ LGAs. Others are Kazaure, Yankwashi and Sule Tankarkar as well as Gagarawa local government area of jigawa state.
It was reliably gathered that majority of the local governments were financially handicapped due to zero allocation they received from the state government for over five months, it was confirmed that the state took decision to fish out those who involved in financial misappropriation at their local governments.
One of the affected chairmen was Alhaji Baffa Maigari who is the chairman of Malam Madori LGA in the state, confirmed that his grants for the past five months were withheld as a result of a contract he awarded and was executed in low quality for the rehabilitation of one primary school. Maigari added that this has made his councilÂ receive zero allocation from the state government.
According to government source said all the affected local governments who received zero allocation were only given six million Naira every month to run the affairs of their councils, added that the governemnt decided to witheld their funds because of the reported cases of financial irregularities by the affected councilâ€™s chairmen and they have disappointed him.
Sources explained further that the decision of Jigawa government to give token amount to the affected councils was deliberate to avoid the reported spate of cases of financial mismanagement among them, as the chairmen will use the money for campaigns in fourth coming councilâ€™s polls instead of executing meaningful development projects to the teeming populace of their domain.
It added that the state governor, Sule Lamido has expressed his anger on the way and manner some councils chairmen especially whom he has confidence in but has woefully failed him.Instead of doing the right things to the people whom he pleaded to voted for, they embarked on things that has only favoured them and their families.