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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Kaduna South Local Government Chairaman, Jarimi Kabeer

The Chairman of Kaduna South Local Government Area, Jarimi Kabeer, has left many residents of Kaduna State and Nigerians at large stunned after he disclosed how his N241.6 million June allocation would be disbursed. This move, which has raised questions regarding the affairs of the Local Government, is not a usual practice for Nigerian LG Chairmen.

Honourable Kabeer said his LG received the sum of N241,649,327 for the execution of local projects, and he gave details of the disbursement for each project. Although Kabeer is an advocate of transparent government, his decision to make his budget public is unprecedented among his LG colleagues in Kaduna State and across Nigeria.

In a statement published on his Twitter handle by Abdurrahman Yahya, the LG’s Council Secretary, the N241.6 million allocation was credited to Kaduna South LG account on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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Pictorial representation of the allocation

Breakdown of capital and projects: Kabeer allocated the fund to 11 LG projects.

  1. E-payment to SUBEB (Gross salary LGEA staff) N91,150,187.62.
  2. E-payment to KDS Primary Health Care Agency (60% contribution salary to PHC Staff) N15,591,758.28.
  3. E-payment to Bureau for Local Government Pension (monthly pension) N32,172,517.88.
  4. E-payment to SIGMA pension (7%-13% LGA pension contribution) N2,733,073.71.
  5. E-payment of 5% Bond Redemption Fund N588,902.45.
  6. E-payment to Local Government Service Board N1,085,902.38.
  7. E.payment to MLG (Admin charges) N241,649.33.
  8. 8. E-payment to KADIRS (pay as you earn).
  9. E-payment for cleaning of Local Government N350,000.00.
  10. E-payment for solid waste management N11,101,664.80.
  11. E-payment for Local Government staff (Net) N16,630,110.56.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Kaduna South Local Government Chairaman, Jarimi Kabeer, Nigeria's 2019 budget
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Kaduna South Local Government Chairaman, Jarimi Kabeer

The problem: Nairametrics discovered that the amount accounted for is less than the total of N241.6 million. Out of the total allocation, only N171.6 million was budgeted for.

  • Also, among the listed projects, there is no record of the amount budgeted for Project No 8 – ‘E-payment to KADIRS’.
  • The allocation also seems to be for servicing recurrent expenditure. The list neither has new projects nor capital projects.
  • More so, that the Local Government Chairmen just received their June allocation in the third week of July is worrisome.

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The missing pieces are expected to be represented in the next detail as the statement said more details would be published soon.

Nigerians’ reactions: Kabeer’s decision didn’t go without notice, as many Nigerians praised his transparency. Some felt he adopted the leadership style of Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i, Kaduna State Governor.

See more reactions below.

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  1. This accountability is welcome.

    Where are all the senators and Governors that have been ruling this country in all ramifications?

    He has done the best no other had done before in Nigeria history.

    There can be close monitoring and advice to improve and channel the future resources better.

    Please encourage him to do more as he is with good intention.

    God will continue to bless him with more wisdom and understanding.

    NB: I advice Nairametrics to develop something like LEAGUE TABLE for easy reporting of our government officials.

    Thank you.

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