Zaria - Zaria Local Government chairman Alhaji Lawal Balarabe, in Kaduna State, says many local governments in the state cannot pay workers' salaries due to outstanding debts incurred from purchase of fertilisers.
Balarabe expressed the opinion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria on Friday.
"When we came on board as council chairmen, about six local government councils were not able to pay their workers monthly salaries.
"This is because most of them collected about 100 trailers of fertilisers expected to be deducted from source.
"In view of this, Zaria council has paid for only 20 trailers of fertilisers and the allocation is already with us.
"I will make sure that the commodity is distributed judiciously to farmers across the local government," he said.
Balarabe assured that each of the 13 wards in the area would get a trailer load of the commodity, while the remaining would be distributed to farmers.
He appealed to the farmers to be patient as government was doing everything possible to improve the situation.
The chairman also called on the people to tolerate and embrace one another, to consolidate on the prevailing peace in the area.