There were jubilations around many parts of Kano State on Friday as news spread that the state government has released N1.2 billion its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to local government councils in the state for the payment of salaries. This is coming a few days to the Eid-Fitri Salah festival.
It would be recalled that there has been anxiety in the state following speculations that most of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state wouldn’t be able to pay salary for the month of June because of further dwindling of their finances.
The councils had on many occasions appealed to the state government to help them out with bailout funds.
The state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said that the move became imperative as the monthly allocation to the councils from the Federation Account is no longer sufficient for the Councils to pay salaries, not to talk of carrying out developmental obligations.
The governor added that the only option left for states is for them to find out ways of boosting their Internally Generated Revenue, in order to withstand the current economic realities.