Kano Slashes Pay Of Appointees By Half



KANO State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has reduced the salaries and allowances of all political appointees.

The move aimed at realigning the state with current economic realities, also includes himself and his deputy.

He disclosed this, yesterday, at the swearing-in of commissioners, which took place at the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano.

“Salaries and allowances of all political appointees are, hereby, slashed by half. This is to enable us get enough for the development of the state. We also want to rescue the state from the harsh realities facing the entire country, “ he revealed.

He gave assurance that all state resources would be managed transparently. “We are making sure that this government is transparent and accountable, “ he said.

Ganduje noted that all the newly sworn-in were appointed based on their competencies, past track records and credibility.
“We shall make sure that the change we fought for through our votes during the last election is applied in all sectors of our governance,” he stressed.

Among the new commissioners are the outgoing President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Comrade Mohammed Garba, who will head the Ministry of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, and the outgoing chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Murtala Sule Garo, who is now Commissioner of Local Governments.

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  • Thompson Iyeye

    Congratulations, Governor. It is hope this trail blazing action by you will be emulated by other governors and also by the President. It is no longer business as usual. Our money is drying our and this should be reflected particularly in government.

  • ikpo mari

    Congratulations to Kano State governor, Abdullah Umar Ganduje
    for reducing Kano state political appointees’ salaries by half. This is the
    start of the change – revolution in Kano state. Mr. governor, the Kano citizens
    and larger Nigerians will like to know how much that will be paid to the political
    appointees and how much were they paid in the previous government. I suggest other
    states in the federation should emulate Kano state understanding.

  • The ball has been set rolling. Kano people should still demand what percentage of their revenue goes into paying these political appointees and what is used in paying civil servants. I am a proponent and strong advocate of right sizing without touching the salaries of functioning civil servants. The regime of spending more on overhead and recurrent expenditure to the disadvantage of capital projects must stop or be fought by the civil society. Kano State has set the ball rolling, though yet to score goal, and we expect the federal government and other states to follow suit.