Governors Should Not Be Held Responsible For Unpaid LG Salaries – Gov AbdulRazaq

The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said that state governors should be held responsible if any local government fails to pay salaries.

He opined that state government should be given full autonomy.

The governor, however, asserted that these are just his personal beliefs, adding that they are not necessarily the same as the dictates of the law.

AbdulRazaq stated this via a statement on Wednesday.

Speaking further, he clarified that the Kwara government has no joint project account with the LGAs in the state.

He said, “It is my personal belief that each local government should manage its resources and be responsible for its obligations, including wages that are first line charges.

“I also believe that the state governor should not be held liable if any local government is unable to pay salaries since we do not touch a kobo of their money.

“We also do not have any joint project accounts with any local government in the state, as was the case with the previous administration in our state.

“These are my personal beliefs. But my personal belief is not necessarily the same as the letters of the law, including the provisions of the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), which is a creation of the constitution

“As of today, local government allocations are sent to the JAAC as required by the law. Section 162 of the constitution is very clear on this.

“As things stand today, no activity of the local government in Kwara state is at variance with these provisions of the law. Our case in the court is not about my personal beliefs. It is, we believe, in the defence of the constitution, which created JAAC for reasons that are well-grounded in our experiences as a people.

“JAAC, in summary, pulls resources together to pay all teachers, health workers, traditional rulers, and other statutory duties listed in the schedule of the local government areas. If we all want these to change as a national consensus, we believe that the constitution will have to be amended to expunge JAAC.”

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