Governors Forum, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, on
Friday said no governor has the right to touch
local government’s funds.
Yari, who is the Zamfara State governor, spoke
with journalists shortly after he met with
President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential
The governor said Section 7 of the Constitution
saddled the state Houses of Assembly with the
responsibility of managing states’ finances.
He said to the best of his understanding as a
governor, the purpose of joint accounts between
states and local governments was not to hold on
to funds meant for the councils.
He doubted if any state government was holding
on to funds meant for councils, insisting that
such situation is illegal.
Yari said, “I doubt if there is any state that is
holding any local government funds.
“What used to happen in Zamfara State is, may
be, if we have a project, we agree on how to
“So, no governor has the right to touch local
“Although there are speculations that some
states are holding local government money,
maybe because there are no election in those
local governments, it is administrators, but
constitutionally, it is the right of local
government which must be exercised.”
Yari also disclosed that his administration was
making progress in terms of security, adding that
security agents had recovered over 3,000 herds
and 5,000 camels earlier stolen in the state.