From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
As part of measurers to turn around the fortunes of Kaduna State for the benefit of all residents, the state government would use 50 per cent of its income for developmental projects and the other half on workers’ salaries and entitlements.
Deputy Governor of the State, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, disclosed this on Sunday during a meeting of Kaura Local Government stakeholders intended to chart a new course for the local government held at the secretariat of the council in Kaura.
Bantex regretted that over 90 per cent of the total income of the state was spent on public servants and only 10 per cent on developmental projects.
He said local councils in the state were expected to key into the new formula, to ensure that the people in whose name the money comes in benefit from it reasonably through projects that would have direct impact on their lives.
Bantex said the state government would trim down its public service to curtail unnecessary spending so that money could be saved for development.
He noted with dismay, the high rate of theft within the public service and blamed the development on the derailment of virtues in the society generally.
Bantex urged the people of the state to support the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led administration in its quest to effect change, to secure the future of the state.
Chairman, Interim Management Council, Kaura Local Government, Mr. Ibrahim Baba Akut, briefed stakeholders on the general state of the local government, especially as it concerns finance and infrastructure.
He said the meeting was convened to assess the degree of the challenges with a view to proffering solutions collectively to give hope to the people of the area.
In a remark, the Agwam Takad, Mr. Tobias Nkom Wada, called on governmental to assign a definite role to traditional institutions in the government of the country to enable them contribute their quota in checkmating irregularities associated with the execution of projects especially at the local government level.
The Royal Father expressed support for the reform programmes of government particularly as they affect the fight against corruption.
In the course of the meeting, stakeholders bore their minds on a wide range of issues bordering on the general wellbeing of the people.