From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has reiterated the need for the federal government to give more money to states and local governments in the country to enable them tackle numerous challenges facing their administrations and demands by federal agencies in the states.
Aliyu said that despite the huge resources available to the federal government, its agencies in the states still make requests for financial assistance from the state governments.
The Governor said this yesterday, in Minna, when he received the New Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Ugochukwu Ugbona and the UNICEF Chief of Field Mr. Uptal Moitra, who paid him a courtesy visit at government house.
Insisting that there is the need for the revenue formula to be ‘better situated’, Governor Aliyu said most federal institutions cannot function properly without financial and other forms of support from the state government.
Dr. Aliyu disclosed that his administration will continue to do all within its powers to ensure that federal institutions in the state perform up to their optimum since it is the state that will benefit from their services.
He urged the FRSC to collaborate with the state Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to rid the roads of un-roadworthy vehicles which have constituted problems to other motorists even as he also asked for the collaboration of the organization with the task force on ban on motorcycle to ensure the full implementation of the law.
Earlier in his remark, the new sector commander of the FRSC in the state, Mr. Ugochukwu Ogbonna had pleaded with the governor to assist the organization with vehicles to enable it perform its function well.