The Kano State Government reportedly says it is spending N7.8 billion monthly on the payment of salaries to civil servants.
The State Acting Governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday September 14, when the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, paid him the traditional Sallah homage at the Government House.
He said that over N3 billion was for salaries of state government workers, N2.5 billion for primary school teachers and N1.5 billion for local council workers.
Abubakar said the government always pay the workers as at when due despite the economic condition.
He said, “I want to inform his Royal Highness, the Emir that despite the economic recession in the country, the state government does not owe workers a single Kobo as at today.
“It is our stance that payment of salary is an obligation to any serious government, hence our decision to ensure that workers are paid as at when due.”
The acting governor said the administration was also determined to complete all ongoing major projects initiated by the immediate past administration.
“It is our intention to complete all the ongoing projects which have direct impact on the lives of our people”, he said.
He added that the administration had initiated new projects to enhance the living condition of residents.
Abubakar listed the projects to include the construction of Madobi under-path, and rehabilitation of Sabon Gari, Court Road, Kings Road and Rijiyar Zaki road among others.
“In fact we are trying to ensure that we fulfill our campaign promises in order to improve the living standard of our people”, he said.
Earlier, the Emir of Kano, expressed delight on the government’s effort to provide necessary infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the state.
Sanusi urged his subjects to support the government with ceaseless prayer to enable it deliver full democratic dividend to them.
The traditional Sallah homage popularly known as ‘Hawan Nasarawa’, was attended by traditional rulers from across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
The occasion was also graced by prominent personalities including politicians, top government functionaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps and business community, among others.