The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that he was elected into office to tackle and address many challenges facing the people, adding that payment of workers’ salaries is not his only priority.

A total of 4,000 workers across the 23 local government areas of the state received their disengagement letters from service in the so-called local government reforms of the administration.

El Rufai said he “was elected to promote equality of opportunity, to build and run schools and hospitals, upgrade infrastructure and make the state more secure and attractive to the private sector for jobs and investments.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor said the state’s public finances have been severely stretched by the high wage bills at a time when revenues from the Federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC) have not increased.

He said- “In November 2020, KDSG had only N162.9m left after paying salaries after receiving N4.83bn from FAAC and paid N4.66bn as wages.”

He said further that what the government has been receiving from FAAC since the middle of 2020, like most other sub-nationals, could barely pay salaries and overheads.

According to him, “In the last six months, personnel costs have accounted for between 84.97% and 96.63% of FAAC transfers received by the Kaduna State Government.

“In March 2021, Kaduna State had only N321m left after settling personnel costs.”

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