Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has said the 34 local government councils in the state owe local contractors about N20billion.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at Zango yesterday, Masari said his administration inherited the debt from the immediate past administration.
Masari expressed concern over the financial problem being faced by the local government councils, pointing out that the councils have no money to execute projects.
He said his administration is working to restructure the councils and make them effective for the benefit of the people at the grassroots.
He warned administrators of the local government councils against conniving with revenue officers to divert revenue generated from markets.
The governor said his administration welcomed constructive criticism from opposition during the town hall meetings to make objective corrections so as to move the state forward.
Earlier, Special Adviser on Political Matters in the state, Usman Bala Zango said the town hall meeting would be held in each of the 34 local government councils and people would be allowed to speak their mind so as to address issues affecting the state.
Zango called on people of the state to embrace restoration agenda of the APC-led government in the state and be patient with the present economic situation.

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