The Kaduna state governor-elect, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday said the in-coming administration would not touch funds belonging to the 23 local government areas of the state.
He said the local government areas would be allowed to run the affairs of their councils without any form of interference.
His spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Kaduna.
Mr. Aruwan said the governor-elect spoke during a visit from the forum of APC local government chairmen in the state.
The statement quoted the governor-elect as saying, “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. 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. We will also not tolerate incompetence from officials charged with promoting the well-being of our state.”
Naibi Sambo, who led the delegation of APC chairmen, said they were in Kaduna to congratulate the governor-elect and pray for his success as governor.
Mr. Sambo explained that the people of Kaduna state voted for Mr. El-Rufai because they were convinced he would take the state to greater heights. He pledged the support of the forum towards restoring the lost glory of the state.
Mr. Sambo said the APC chairmen were delighted that the state was now in safe hands with Mr. El-Rufai as governor, considering his track record of transparency and accountability in public service.
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