Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje says the administration has confirmed that the State spends N9bn monthly on payment of workers’ salaries.
He said this was commendable in a period when most state governments could not pay salaries as a result of the economic situation in the country.
Ganduje spoke in Kano State at the end of a workshop for financial journalists with the theme: ‘The Role of Nigeria Banking Sector: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward’.
The training was organised by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation.
In a statement by the state government, the governor was quoted as saying that despite being the largest state in terms of population, the state government was not owing its workers and public servants.
“In the state and local government, workers usually receive their salaries between 26th and 28th of every month,” Ganduje said.
The governor, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Muhammed Usman, also expressed the willingness of the state to embrace public-private partnership to revive the ailing cotton industry in the state.
“We need public private investment in order to revive the cotton industry,” he said.
He stated that the state government had invested N10.18bn in the construction of the Murtala Muhammed Road Bridge and N3.59bn in the construction of the Bukavu Underpass, among others.
He explained that in the area of environment, the administration was doing enough to address certain challenges.
Ganduje said, “We have so many empowerment programmes ongoing in the state and they involve market women, and farmers. The Masu Shayi (tea sellers) empowerment is an effort from the government to improve first, the environment. During the inauguration of the empowerment programmes, there was a lecture on the cleaning of their environment and making the tea in good environment.
“Also, the empowerment was to make them self- sufficient so that they can to feed and take care of their families. Again, it was done to protect the public from practices that ordinarily would bring about diseases to the community.
“The administration of Ganduje is doing so much on the environmental challenges we are facing in the state. A lot of measures are being put in place. There is a large population with very narrow streets and wastage. In two and half years, the government introduced the cleanliness of these dirty areas.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )