Abuja - Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Katsina State governorship candidate for the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Alhaji Aminu Masari, accused state governors of diverting funds meant for the councils through the so-called joint accounts.
Masari promised to abolish the system when elected governor of the state in the February 2015 poll.
“The joint account is conduit pipe that is being used to divert the local government funds into the state treasury. It is an account mechanical system that is used to drain the Federal Grants of local governments by the state governments,” he said.
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He also promised to solicit the support of the state House of Assembly to abolish the law that compelled the 34 local governments to operate a joint account with the state government.
The candidate said his administration would release the federal allocation to all the 34 local governments in its entity so as to liberate the local governments from the apron of the state government.
Masari disclosed that the government, after releasing the funds to the local governments, would monitor their activities so as to avoid financial recklessness and scandal.
“We are going to establish a mechanism that will monitor all the expenditures of the local governments and anybody caught diverting the funds will face the full wrath of the law. I will not allow my son or wife to become a contractor and if my wife visits any local government on working tour, she will surely not collect gratification,” Masari said.
- CAJ News