- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has promised to pay district heads security allowance
- The Kaduna governor said this will allow them discharge their security duties
- El-Rufai noted that the state has benefited from his restructuring move
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has promised to pay traditional rulers and district heads security allowance which is expected to help them discharge their responsibility in gathering intelligence.
Daily Trust reports that the governor spoke at a stakeholder’s meeting on Sunday, February 3, where he said the state Ministry of Local Government Affairs will come up with a template for payment of the proposed allowance.
The governor also said his plan for every major town in Kaduna state is to make sure it “has a good school, good healthcare facility, electricity and potable drinking water.”
He said: “When we assumed office, we found out that what local governments were paying district and village heads was nothing to write home about. In fact, ward heads were not paid anything. In some local governments, district and village heads had not been paid for several months because of lack of funds.”
The governor said he decided to reduce district heads from 390 to 77 and also reduce staff of local governments.
He said: “The restructuring freed up resources of local governments as they can now pay salaries. Before we came, eight area councils couldn’t pay salaries without a bail-out from the state government."
El-Rufai said he has received criticism for restructuring the local government system but said it was working out fine now.
He said: “Before we came, the chunk of state resources was pocketed by a few elite, leaving the people who actually need government’s help with nothing. We were determined to change this trend and this didn’t go down well with many people and several interest groups.”
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai on Friday, February 1, advised suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen to resign as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
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He gave the advice when members of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in the state took their protest to the Government House in Kaduna.
El-Rufai, who received the protesters’ solidarity letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the suspension of the CJN, said with just over 20 years in public service, Justice Onnoghen possibly has more money than Aliko Dangote, the richest African.
According to him, the suspension of Onnoghen was in order, saying that even Dangote cannot forget one million dollars in his bank account.
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