Kano releases funds to pay workers salaries

Acheme Jack, Kano 

The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Kano State has released 1.2 billion Naira from internally generated revenue to its 44 Local Government Councils to augment their federal allocations, to enable them pay workers June salary.

The move became necessary as the declining monthly allocation to the councils from the Federation Account is no longer sufficient to pay salaries, let alone address other development issues,” the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje explained.

Governor Ganduje disclosed this during a Ramadan Iftar with the management of tertiary educational institutions in the state and which his Kogi State counterpart, Yahya Bello also attended. He said that the only option left for states was for them to look into more Internally Generated Revenue, to withstand the current economic realities.

He recalled that during the immediate past administration, the state government used to have a balance of 4 to 5 billion Naira after paying monthly salaries. He stated that with the dwindling capital receipts from the Nigerian government now, his government was compelled to look inwards, to remain afloat.

Single Treasury Account
To closely coordinate its earning and expenditure therefore, Governor Ganduje asserted that the Single Treasury Account was indispensable for his government, saying that although it would affect tertiary institutions but it would not put them in a disadvantaged position.

“Whenever you collect your revenues, declare them. We will then release the money to you for your day to day activities,” the Governor said.

“Although I inherited problems in the tertiary education sector, prominent among which is the issue of accreditation of courses, my government will do its best to support the institutions to live up to their mandates,’’ Governor Ganduje promised.

The Governor stated that the rationale behind establishing the Education Promotion Committees in Kano was to encourage community participation in the sector, stressing that N10 million has been released to each local government committee to facilitate renovation of primary schools.

“We shall evaluate the performance of the local government committees and make more money available to deserving committees as part of our effort to revitalise education,” Governor Ganduje added.