…..Gombe Local Government Commissioner to course 44 of NIPSS Kuru.
Gombe State government has abolished the state and local government joint account system. This was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari Executive Order on local government autonomy, which seek to entrench good governance and effective service Delivery.
The Commissioner for Local government and chieftaincy Affairs Alhaji Dasuki Jalo Waziri who disclosed this when he played host to Senior Executive Course 44 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru also revealed that relevant departments in Ministry undertake oversight activities of the councils in line with their budgeting provisions.
Alhaji Dasuki Jalo Waziri further explained that the challenges of government administration has to do with leadership recruitment processes which is always poorly handled and manipulated by respective Governors in power through the state independent Electoral Commission which limits the democratic space for competent persons to be elected.
He appealed to the NIPSS participants to look at some of the constitutional provisions that seems to muzzle the smooth operations of local governments in the country.
The Commissioner also informed the participants that the synergy between the local governments and the relevant security agencies has greatly advanced peaceful coexistence in the state.
He however noted with concern the failure by the political elites in realizing the key mandate of local governments in development architecture in the country calling for a rethink if the third tier of government is to function effectively.
The team which is led by a Senior Executive Course 44, Dr Emmanuel Sambo Mamman explained that they are in the state on a research tour to collect the necessary data needed for improved policy design and practical solutions to local governance in the country.
The team was also at the Gombe Local council and were received by the Deputy council chairman Idris Suleiman Garko who briefed them on the administrative operations and challenges faced by the council to include inadequate funding, lack of quality manpower and other resources required for effective service delivery at local level.
In the places visited the team interacted and engaged stakeholders on the theme of under study.
Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
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