By Zubairu Idris
Katsina – Katsina State Government has concluded arrangements to convene stakeholders summit to discuss way forward for local government councils in the state.
Gov. Aminu Masari made the announcement on Monday in Katsina when the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, paid him the traditional ‘Sallah Homage’ known as ‘’Hawan-bariki.’’
He said that the summit is billed for July this year.
He added that during the summit, the government would provide financial details of funds accruing to local government councils to enable the stakeholders find out way forward to enable those in the helm of affairs in the local councils meet their obligations to the people.
The governor said that during the summit, the stakeholders would fix a date for the conduct of councils’ elections.
Masari, who decried the decrease in the allocation from the federation account to local councils, noted that ‘’only few local councils could afford to pay salaries from their monthly allocation.’’
He said that the 34 local government councils in the state receive N3.9 billion as their monthly allocation.
“On monthly basis, the state government assist the councils with funds to enable them pay workers’ salaries alone,’’ he said.
Masari announced that after the conduct of local government elections, the government would stop deducting grants for the emirate councils from the allocation of local councils to “enable them meet up their financial obligations.’’
He said that the emirate councils would receive their grants from the state government.
In his remarks, the Emir, urged people to continue to live in peace with one another and desist from using social media to post negative threats.
He also urged the state government to revive Teacher Training Colleges to enhance primary education.