The majority leader Kano State House of Assembly and member representing Kano municipal constituency Bappa Babba Dan-Agundi insists that local governments in Kano and the nation at large need self-autonomy to discharge their statutory responsibility effectively.
Dan-Agundi made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Kano on Thursday during routine budgets defence for local governments councils which officially comes up annually.
He said in the course of cross-checking budget figures allocated to each local governments, it is was discovered that there are challenges suffered by the councils with regards to a shortfall in revenue generation to meet up with their people’s demands at the grassroots level.
“Most of them from our observation doesn’t have revenue generating outlets, to the extent of relatively incapacitated to generate one-third of approved budget in the previous year” he insists.
Dan-Agundi added that, it is highly unlikely for the local government who unable to sources its revenue and thereby tend to increasing its budget in the forthcoming year.
He said “it is practically unfeasible in such a situation for local council areas to fulfilled the promises made to their people.
He insisted that “One has to be realistic, when it comes to the issue of serving grassroots populace, local governments across the country must be autonomous”
In the same vein, member Kiru constituency Kabiru Dashi and his counterpart from Dala, Babangida Yakudima have also unanimously thrown their weight behind the self-autonomy of local governments across the federation.
The legislators who are also part of the chairing ad-hoc committees of local governments budget defence, insists that “in view of the revenue generation lapses and challenges encountering by the councils, it is hard to thrive in the course of fulfilling the mandate entrusted upon.them”
Hon. Kiru and Yakudima insisted that “they are in total supports and aspiring to see that local governments dream of achieving self-autonomy turn into reality in a nearby future.”
Kano Assembly had on 3rd January, 2019’s plenary presided by the House Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum invited the Chairmen of the 44 local governments councils to appeared before the ad-hoc committees to depend on the budget figures of over 205bn Naira approved to them for the year 2019.
Adamu Aminu, writes from Kano.