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Financial Autonomy: Nasarawa to Monitor Funds to Local Councils


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Following the financial autonomy granted local councils in Nasarawa State and the receipt of monthly statutory allocations directly from the Federal Government, the state government says it will monitor developmental projects in the local government areas to ensure the funds were properly used.

Towards this end, the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs is working out modalities to embark on an assessment tour of the 13 local councils in the state.

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Honourable Yusuf Aliyu Turaki, the Commissioner for Local Governmen and Chieftaincy Affairs stated this on Monday in an interview in Lafia, the state capital.

Turaki, who noted that local councils had been receiving their monthly allocations directly from the Federal Government due to the financial autonomy granted them, said the ministry will embark on a tour of the councils to access what had been done with their resources at their disposal.

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According to him, the state government has been doing very well in the area of infrastructural development since it came to power in 2019, and expects the feat to be replicated at the local council level.

Tiuraki was, however, not specific on the commencement date for the proposed tour, but said it will be scheduled before the end of 2020.

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He called on chairmen of the local councils in the state to make judicious use of all finances accruing to them, as well as keep proper financial records of their dealings.

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