He expressed his commitment to granting autonomy to the state’s 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to promote development.
During a courtesy visit by the 23 council chairpersons at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna, the governor emphasized the importance of prioritizing the welfare of the people. He urged the chairpersons to avoid favoring any political, religious, or tribal group.
Governor Sani highlighted the significance of local governments, being the closest government entity to the people. He called for the support of the local governments in fostering sustainable peace and overcoming the challenges posed by ongoing crises and insecurity in the state.
Additionally, the governor emphasized the need for collaborative projects between the state and local governments to enhance infrastructure. However, he stressed the importance of identifying projects that would benefit the people the most.
Governor Sani stated, “Over the past eight years, local governments in Kaduna State have enjoyed financial independence, and our administration will continue this practice. The focus should be on development projects rather than distributing items to the people.
We are moving away from politics, and there should be no bias based on party affiliation, religion, or ethnicity in these projects. Our administration is dedicated to ensuring safety and security. We will closely collaborate with local government authorities to establish trust with the people.”
He further added, “We will utilize effective intelligence-gathering methods. Rural areas will be prioritized for development by extending infrastructure to all local governments, particularly rural areas. In implementing the rural development program, we will adopt an inclusive approach involving local government chairpersons as key stakeholders.
Traditional rulers, faith-based organizations, and women’s organizations will also be actively engaged.”
During the visit, Hon. Abubakar Buba, Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria in Kaduna State and chairman of Lere LGA, expressed solidarity and pledged their support to the governor.
Buba requested regular citizen engagement to bridge the gap between the people and the government and suggested holding quality meetings to ensure alignment and keep the governor informed about local government matters.