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I’ll allow LGs to manage own funds — El-Rufai

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By Abdullahi Garba
Kaduna state Governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, says his government will not interfere with funds accruing to local government areas from the Federation Account.

According to him, the 23 local government councils will be allowed to run their affairs without any form of interference.

El-Rufa’i’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday.

The statement explained that El-Rufa’i spoke when a forum of APC local government chairmen in the state paid him a courtesy visit.

The statement quoted the Governor-elect as saying that,  “we must do what our people want and what will benefit them and we must be firm in bringing positive change and coherent development in Kaduna state.

“We will not touch a kobo or naira of local government councils in the state because the local government areas must be allowed to deliver development and real change.

“They must go and work; development is practical and not invisible.

“We will not tolerate waste and mismanagement of public resources and we will also not tolerate incompetence from officials charged with promoting the well-being of our state.”

Earlier in his address, leader of the delegation, Alhaji Naibi Ibrahim Sambo, said they were in Kaduna to congratulate the Governor-elect and pray for his success as governor.

According to Sambo, the people of Kaduna state voted for El-Rufa’i because they are convinced he will take the state to greater heights.

 

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