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El’rufai laments, says 97% state allocation goes for salaries alone

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El’rufai, has given reasons for the sacking of 4,000 local government workers across the state.

He lamented that the state government was using the bulk of it’s resources on payment of salaries alone, leaving other vital sectors of the state’s economy to suffer.

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”.

He continued, that 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 noted that his administration was elected to develop the state and not just to pay salaries.

This was contained in a statement issued by El-Rufai on Monday, and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye.

The Governor said its 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.

Furthermore, he added that 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.”

The government pointed out that what it has been receiving from FAAC since the middle of 2020, like most other sub-nationals, could barely pay salaries and overheads.

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

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The statement pointed out that in March 2021, it got N4.819 billion from FAAC and paid out N4.498 billion, representing 93% of the money received saying, “This does not include standing orders for overheads, funding security operations, running costs of schools and hospitals, and other overhead costs that the state has to bear for the machinery of government to run, for which the state government taps into IGR earnings.”

“This step to advance the welfare of workers significantly increased the wage burden of the state government and immediately sapped up the funds of many local governments.

“While the Kaduna State Government believes that public sector wages overall are still relatively low, their current levels are obviously limited by the resources available to the government.”

El-Rufai pointed out that: “What each public servant earns might be puny in comparison to private-sector wages, but the total wage bill consumes much of the revenues of the state.”

Regarding the decision to disengage the LG workers, El-Rufai described it as “a painful but necessary step to take, for the sake of the majority of the people of this state, the public service of the state with less than 100,000 employees (and their families) cannot be consuming more than 90% of government resources, with little left to positively impact the lives of the more than nine million that are not political appointees or civil servants.

“It is gross injustice for such a micro-minority to consume the majority of the resources of the state.”

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