Kwara restates commitment on salary

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has restated his commitment to finding a lasting solution to the lingering salary crises at the basic education level.

Governor Ahmed, who stated this during a meeting with stakeholders in the Education sector, said he was worried about the plight of primary and junior secondary teachers, as well as other workers who are being owed salaries due to drop in federal allocation.

He explained that he was working with other stakeholders to come up with a robust plan that would bring succour to the affected workers.

Ensuring welfare
The Governor noted that although the local councils were responsible for salaries and pensions at the local government level, the State government remains committed to ensuring welfare of all categories of workers in the State.

Governor Ahmed also emphasised that the Nigerian government’s fresh bailout package for state governments, “is a budget support scheme, which is to enable states implement their budget in view of the current economic realities.”

He said that the package was not extended to local government councils because the Nigerian government could not afford it.

Present at the meeting with the Governor were the Secretary to the State Government; Isiaka Gold, Chief of Staff; Abdulwahab Babatunde, Head of Service; Zainab Umar and the State Commissioner for Education and Engr. Musa Yeketi.

Others were Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education; Dr. Oladimeji Dasuki, State NUT Chairman; Comrade Musa Abubakar and representatives of the State chapter of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools.