After implementing the directive of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on direct allocation to the local government areas, Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that some of the LGs in his state cannot pay salaries without borrowing.
He made this statement on Saturday at Wamba local government while performing the foundation laying ceremony of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project for the building of a primary school in the area.
His words: “I deliberately refused to be part of the allocation but after the sharing formulary was done, nine local government chairmen run to me seeking permission to use funds meant for capital projects to be able to pay salaries.
The governor blamed the inability to pay the salaries on the huge workforce of the LGs and the lack of initiative of the leaders to generate additional revenue internally.
“Local governments must begin to look inward to generating money to pay salaries and save, even before they get allocations from the federation account.
“They (local governments), must be able to generate money to complement allocations because relying on allocations alone is archaic,” the governor added.
He warned local government chairmen against tampering with government funds, saying that anyone caught would face the full wrath of the law.
Sule said that he was among the first set of governors to support the idea of financial autonomy for LGs, and promised never to tamper with their funds throughout his tenure.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...