Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Monday removed all local government treasurers and Directors of Personnel Management (DPM) in the councils in the state.
The governor also directed the chairmen, caretaker committees for local government councils in the state to fish out “ghost workers” at all cost.
El-Rufa’i, who gave the directive while swearing in 23 local government caretaker chairmen, however, said the treasurers and DPMs would be reassigned.
The governor, who assured that the state government would no longer tamper with local council funds, ordered the caretaker chairmen to reside within their local governments or be removed.
He warned that henceforth, councils must operate within their means, stressing that the state government would no longer use funds meant for another local government to service others.
“If your internally generated revenue and federation account allocation cannot pay your salary, you must do what you need to do so as not to have more people than you need,” he said.
The governor directed the caretaker chairmen to work closely with the traditional institutions to tackle crime and violence in their areas.
He added that “as soon as you settle down, we want you to document all encroachments into public land.
“Any encroachment on school land, hospital and public institutions should be documented and report back to us within two weeks.
“This government will not accept encroachment into school or hospital land, it is our intention to reverse all those encroachments.”
El-Rufa’i said the state government had articulated and integrated rural and community development programmes under the Deputy Governor which all local councils must hook on to “in an interconnected and integrated manner.”
The governor also told the council bosses that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had identified 10 priority areas in each local government which they must concentrate on.
He advised them to set up water and sanitation departments in their areas to promote healthcare and to protect forests to ensure healthy environment and encourage use of sustainable energy.
He then urged local council officials to work for the collective interest of the people and eschew “any god father, ward, ethnic group or religious persuasion.”