The Kaduna State Government has sacked 313 district heads and 4,453 village chiefs in the state.
Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who spoke to journalists on Sunday, said only the 77 districts and 1,429 village units that existed before 2001 were recognised by the state government.
His words: “One of the problems this government inherited is the practical insolvency of many local government councils. Some local government councils are unable to pay their bills, especially salaries, without support from the state government.
“The bloated wage bills of these councils indicate that they are carrying more than they can bear. That is why for two years many local government councils were unable to pay their district and village heads. Due to the Governor’s kind intervention, at least 85 per cent of these district and village heads have now being paid two years’ salary en bloc.Before 2001, Kaduna State had only 77 districts and 1,429 village units.
“Government have not seen any objective criteria or a strategic consideration that concluded that the proliferation of districts was either sustainable or crucial to delivering public goods or promoting harmony at the grass roots.
“This government has decided to resolve the situation in the longer-term interest of the state. Our local governments must be freed from the stranglehold of bloated payrolls so that they can devote more of their resources to providing public goods.”