3 May 2016
The government of Jigawa claimed on Sunday that the state government was not indebted to its workers and was disbursing salaries promptly. The state governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar stated this during the Mayday celebration in Dutse, the state’s capital.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan, also stated that his government has been frugal in the management of the inadequate allocation from the Federation Account and has still been able to pay salaries and run other demands of government.
He said, “since we took over the mantle of leadership in the state, our monthly allocation has been declining on monthly basis and last month is the least in the last 10 years.”
“In spite this challenge of dwindling economy, this government has not taken any bailout from the Federal Government or commercial banks.
“I am sure this our challenge is temporary, as you know the test of governance is not when you have prosperity but when you have adversity and we shall overcome it,” he said.
The Governor requested for understanding from its workers as his government was aware of the current situation and would progressively work on improving the welfare of the people.
Before now, the chairman of the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Malam Usman Ya’u, commended the governor for prompt payment of salaries, pension and leave grants to workers.
Ya’u also commended the implementation of five per cent leave grant to all workers in the state. He also requested the state government to employ more teachers to cater for the growing population of the state.
He, however, appealed to the state government to henceforth promote teachers to grade 16 in the civil service as it is applicable in other states.