The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, has begun tours of local government areas with a pledge to reposition the system for effective service delivery and grassroots development.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman of the committee, gave the assurance on Monday when the committee paid oversight visits to some local government areas in the Western part of the state.
He said that repositioning the local government system would not only bring rapid development to the councils but would also bring peace and improve on the standard of living of the people of the councils.
“We are here to see things by ourselves as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 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 said that the committee had seen no reason why the local government staff were still receiving their salaries in percentages and promised to address the matter.
He promised to bring to book all those chairmen found wanting while discharging their duties for development to thrive.
The committee chairman also urged 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.
Alkali commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for granting full autonomy to local government areas in the state, noting that the assembly was committed to work with the governor to reform the system.
He decried the action of some local government chairmen in the state who after receiving their monthly allocations deliberately and unnecessarily delayed remittance of five per cent to traditional rulers,15 per cent for pension and 1 per cent for Local government Service Commission.
According to him, this is a breach of the law.
He warned those chairmen to ensure timely remittance to appropriate quarters.
“The state assembly in conjunction with the state government is set to collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government to carry out effective reform in the local government system.
“This is to ensure 100 per cent monthly payment of salaries, implementation of promotions and prompt payment of pension among others challenges,” Alkali said.
The lawmaker also wondered why local government salaries remained stagnant.
The chairmen assured the committee members of their continued commitment to developing their areas through the provision of requisite infrastructure to improve on the well-being of people in their areas.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)