The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Victor Antai, has lauded the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for the prudent management of the state funds.
He made the assertion while fielding questions from Radar Newspaper at the weekend through his mobile telephone, saying that it beats his imagination how the governor was able to achieve all the projects that were commissioned during his one year anniversary in the state.
He explained that the governor should be lauded for not tempering with the funds meant for the local government councils in the state, since he came into office.
Victor Antai said it is true that the state government has not been touching the local government funds, thereby justifying Governor Udom Emmanuel’s position during an interview with Channels Television Sunrise Daily.
He described as false the insinuations making the rounds in the social media that the state government has been tempering with the local government funds, explaining that the three tier governments, which are; Local, State and Federal Governments normally get their funding from one source at the federation account.
He said that the duties of the local government council include payment of local government staff salaries, pension and gratuities; payment of salaries to primary school teachers; taking care of the traditional rulers’ welfare; contribution of fund to the Local Government Service Commission for the training of local government staff among several other duties.