Pro­vid­ing ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture my top pri­or­ity – Kuje chair­man

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi D. Gal­adima, Chair­man of Kuje Area Coun­cil, in this ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, speaks on pro­vid­ing ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture, the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to au­dit the Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Au­thor­ity (LEA) ac­count, screen coun­cil staff and tra­di­tional rulers on the coun­cil’s pay­roll, among other is­sues. Ex­cerpts:

man­date, I will try my best to en­sure that roads, water, bridges/cul­verts and health care cen­tres are pro­vided for them.

This is why I said ear­lier that my pri­or­ity as soon as things start im­prov­ing will be ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture. In fact, vir­tu­ally 75 per­cent of the ru­ral peo­ple in Kuje lack ac­cess to potable drink­ing water. The worst is Rubochi vil­lage, be­cause if you see the kind of water they drink, you will shed tears, ex­cept now that we are in the rainy sea­son that they can have some relief. Pangu vil­lagers also need water badly. We are go­ing to lead­er­ship of this area coun­cil, we met ‘bo­gus’ li­a­bil­i­ties to the ex­tent that the coun­cil has not been able to pay work­ers’ salar­ies for two months. Based on what we saw, we be­lieved there are ghost work­ers, which is why we can’t even pay staff salar­ies. Let me tell you what I dis­cov­ered from the on­go­ing staff screen­ing ex­er­cise. A sin­gle staff is col­lect­ing 17 per­sons’ salar­ies. This is apart from those who col­lect salary ev­ery month with­out com­ing to work. If this is not prop­erly checked, time will come when the coun­cil may not have money to pay even

Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi D. Gal­adima

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.