Alhaji Abdulrahman Maigoro, the Chairman, Keffi Local Government Council, Nasarawa State, says the council has embarked on infrastructural development projects to improve the lives of people in the area.
Maigoro said this when the State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs visited him in Keffi on Monday.
The chairman told the committee his administration is constructing boreholes, bridges and culverts, among other projects.
He commended the committee for the visit and assured them of his continued commitment to developing his area by providing infrastructure in order to improve on the quality of lives of residents.
According to him, the council can pay its workers full salaries and still execute people oriennted projects.
However, Maigoro said in line with the directive from Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the workers salaries had to be paid in percentages.
“I can pay salary 100 per cent and still carry out some projects with allocations, but we paid on percentage ?based on directive from Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and to be other local government brother’s keepers.
”The local government chairmen have agreed with the ministry to help each other when there is shortfall in each other’s local government salary.
“But, if left to me, my local government can pay 100 per cent salary and still execute projects that will have direct bearing on the lives of my people,” he said.
Responding, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the Committee’s Chairman, said that the visit was to assess the activities of the council within the year under review with the view of addressing any challenge, if discovered.
“We are here to see things for ourselves as the 1999 Constitution as amended, has empowered us to do so.
“We are out to reposition the local government system and we will continue to do everything humanly possible to make the local government system work effectively,” he said.
Alkali called on the legislative and executive arms of local government councils to maintain robust working relationship to take their councils and the state to the next level of development.
The committee chairman restated the assembly’s continued commitment to enact laws and pass resolutions that would have improve the lives of the people at the grassroots.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)