Kano state government has released N1.2 billion to the 44 local government councils in the state to augment their federal allocations, so as to enable them pay their workers’ salaries for the month of June.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who disclosed this during a Ramadan Iftar on Wednesday, with management of tertiary educational institutions in the state, explained that the move became necessary as the decreasing allocation to the councils from the Federation Account is no longer sufficient to pay salaries, let alone address other development issues.
The governor, in a release issued Thursday by DG media and communications, Salihu Tanko Yakassai, explained that the only option left for states is to look for more Internally Generated Revenue, to withstand the current economic realities.
He recalled that during the immediate past administration, the state government used to have a balance of N4–N5 billion after paying salaries monthly, pointing out that with the dwindling capital receipts from the federal government now, his government is compelled to look inwards, in order to remain afloat.
For the government to closely coordinate its income and expenditure, Governor Ganduje, therefore, asserted that the Single Treasury Account is indispensable for his government, noting that even although it would affect tertiary institutions in the state, that would not put them in a disadvantaged position.
“Whenever you collect your revenues, declare them. We will then release the money to you for your day-to-day activities,” the governor maintained. He further stated that although he inherited problems in the tertiary education sector – prominent among which is the issue of accreditation of courses – his administration would do its best to support the institutions to live up to their mandates.
The Governor also dwelt on the rationale behind establishing the state Education Promotion Committees, which he said is to encourage community participation in the sector, pointing that so far N10 million has been released to each local government committee to facilitate renovation of primary schools. “We shall evaluate the performance of the local government committees and make more money available to deserving committees as part of our efforts to revitalize education,” Governor Ganduje maintained. Also in attendance during the Ramadan Iftar was his Kogi State counterpart, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.