Governor Aminu Bello Masari says despite screening exercise conducted in the civil service across Katsina state, problems still persist especially at the local government level. The governor made the revelation at dinner organized for labor unions in the state to mark the 2017 workers day at Katsina state secteriate complex Katsina.
According to Masari, his administration has done much to sanitize and move civil service forward but some bad elements in the service are frustrating the effort.
“Some senior civil servants have been indulging in acts that are against the progress of government programmes and policies.
“We are aware that some of the senior civil servants that we inherited from the previous administration have not been assisting the present government to implement certain programmes.”
“They don’t assist the state government in implementing key issues of the government that will make rural folks to benefit.”
Masari said that the state government had introduced mechanism to monitor such civil servants with the aim of dealing with them.
On continuous delay in the payment of local government workers, the governor blamed it on the activities of `dubious’ people.
According to him, the N3.6 billion statutory allocation for the 34 local government areas received in April 2017 from the Federation Account was inadequate to pay salaries.
He said that the state government had to add N100 million to the amount to be able to pay the April salary.
Masari stressed that 27 out of the 34 local councils in the state could not pay their staff salaries based on their receipts from Federal allocations.
The governor threatened to give all the 34 local governments their Federal allocation to pay salaries, if the wage bill kept rising.
“Despite all the efforts, the state government has to assist local governments in the state to enable them pay salaries to their workers.”
While speaking on the recession affecting the country, the governor observed that the Agric sector remains the only solution to the problem.
He commended the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, stating that the union has been ensuring the welfare of the workers in the country.