Strike: Masari threaten to sack, replace S-Power beneficiaries
The Katsina State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari has threatened to sack and replace any of the S-Power beneficiaries that dare embark on their planned indefinite strike.
The Governor made this declaration in a chat with Thisday correspondent in Katsina on Saturday, two days before the day the S-Power beneficiaries scheduled to begin their strike.
This is even as the Governor faulted their claim that the state government is owing to them a salary, insisting that no worker in the state civil service is owed salaries.
Consequently, the governor said last month, a whopping sum of N103 million was released to the beneficiaries through the salary system.
He said: “It is not true. We are paying them through the salary system. Even the last one, we paid them N103 million through salary system.
“The information they gave you is not true. We are paying them through the salary system because I don’t want any failure with regard to payment of salaries.”
According to the governor, those with NCE certificate and are working in the local government system receive their salaries through the local governments’ joint account.
“And every month, I approve it so that it goes with the salary. They are not employees, so if they go on strike, we will pay them, change them and employ new ones. We have a desk officer in the officer of the Secretary to the State Government who is responsible for this,” Masari explained.
The S-power scheme is the job creation programme of Governor Masari aimed at addressing the problem of unemployment among the teeming graduates as well as to avert the acute shortage of teaching staff in the state-owned public schools.
Masari, through the social intervention program, has so far employed 7,500 graduates who are currently teaching in both primary and secondary schools across the three senatorial zones of the state.
It could be recalled that S-Power beneficiaries who teach in secondary schools, in a statement issued to last weekend threatened to embark on an indefinite if the state government fails to pay them their five months’ salary backlog within seven days.