Kano state government, north western Nigeria, has assured workers in the state that it will continue to pay their monthly salary as at when due even in the face of the current economic down turn.
The state Governor Abdulahi Ganduje in commemoration of the May Day, where he took a salute during the parade, said “Kano state remains top among state governments in Nigeria that is consistently paying salaries at a time when some states are owing their workers up to six months.”
He also promised to build affordable 500 affordable housing units for workers in the state and ensure a sustainable health contributory scheme for workers.
The governor said N80m was released to pay teachers outstanding salaries who were on temporal appointment but recently regularized into the state’s permanent and pensionable pay roll systems.
The workers used the opportunity to catalogue their problems and also advise the state government on how to improve its relationship with workers.
Ganduje traced the history of workers’ day to the administration of the first civilian governor of Kano state, the late Abubakar Rimi and submitted that the late politician would always be remembered for his love for civil servants.
During the interactive session held in Government House, where the governor entertained questions from the labour group, he promised to resuscitate the state-owned Triumph Newspapers as it had already been captured in the 2016 budget.
Governor Ganduje also spoke on his “determination to complete abandoned projects,” but expressed concerns that the abandoned and uncompleted projects before him were too many.
The state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kabiru Ado Minjibir commended Governor Ganduje for his labour-friendly posture.