Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa has decried the decay in the local government system, and declared that the councils had become “mere conduit pipes through which resources are siphoned”.
“So much money is sunk into the local government system but all the resources get stolen. The local government system has become a conduit pipe for the theft of huge resources,” Al-Makura said on Monday in Lafia.
The governor, in a speech to inaugurate the chairman and members of the Local Government Service Commission, regretted that the local government councils had become ineffective.
“The workforce at the local governments is over-blotted beyond what the resources can cater for.
“The salary figures are staggering even when you cannot see what value workers add to the system. Clearly, this situation cannot continue,” he said.
Promising that the workforce would be pruned, he said that his administration would re-position local government administration towards effective service delivery that would make the rural areas attractive.
He challenged members of the commission to work with the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to reverse the rot in local government administration, and called for strict adherence to due process in the recruitment, training and promotion of workers.
In his response, Chairman of the Commission, Mr Sani Bawa, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve, and assured him of his team’s utmost commitment to reviving the local government system.