Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
By Ibrahim Shuaibu
The Kano State Government has approved N1 million car loans for primary school teachers in order to encourage them to contribute their quota to the education sector.
The state Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who disclosed this at the weekend, said N200 million was disbursed recently to civil servants as car loan, aside from the approval of salary increase for workers in the health and tertiary education sectors respectively.
Speaking while declaring open a three-day retreat for top government functionaries, political appointees and senior civil servants, the governor stated that his administration had approved the sale of GP houses to civil servants in addition to sustained settlement of bereaved family allowance.
Kwankwaso, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said his administration attached great importance to education, health, youth empowerment and infrastructural development.
He explained that in order to ensure continuity in the civil service, about 3,000 youths were recruited into the civil service as well as undertake automation of state’s pay roll system through biometric data caption.
He reminded the civil servant that the newly introduced Kwankwasiyya bonus would only be paid when it was convenient for the state government financially.
Turning to the participants, Kwankwaso said the retreat was designed to brainstorm on policy formulation and implementation for the betterment of people of Kano State.
He explained that permanent secretaries and Directors were chief implementers of government policies and programmes, stating that the success or failure of any government would be measured by the degree of its policy implementation.
Earlier, the state Head of Civil Service, Malam Umar Shehu Minjibir, said the service had witnessed tremendous changes, which made it to be better among its equals in the country.
He described Kwankwaso as a labour-friendly governor, adding that a lot of civil servants were sponsored to undergo trainings within and outside the country.
Seven papers were expected to deliver by different resource persons with the lead paper on the advent of change and transformation in the millennium development goal: repositioning of civil service in the state presented by Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman.