Trade Union Congress, TUC, ‎has commended Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, over the abolition of local government joint accounts and to remit 10 percent of Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, to councils.
The secretary of the Kaduna chapter of TUC, Comrade Yusuf Nda Ibrahim gave the commendation yesterday while interacting with journalists in Kaduna, noting that the decision of the governor to abolish the joint accounts would in no small measures bring both human and infrastructural development to the local governments.
He, however, appealed to the governor to set up a monitoring team that would ensure that the funds that will be available to local governments are judiciously utilized to the benefit of the local governments and people of such area.
He equally called on the local governments to deliver dividends of democracy by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and entitlements of workers and pensioners, adding that “now there will be no excuse whatsoever of non performance.”
He said it was dehumanising ‎to owe pensioners their entitlements having served meritoriously before retirement.
“I want to appeal to the Interim Management Committees, IMC, of the local governments not to share funds available to their local governments to politicians or for any personal gains, as it used to be in time past. The governor must also ensure that excesses of any erring local governments are checked.”
The TUC while commending Governor El-Rufai for promptly visiting the scene of the bomb blasts that killed workers who were undergoing their verification exercise in Zaria and taking over payment of hospital bills of survivors, also appealed to the governor to ensure the payment of all the entitlements of the deceased to their immediate families to cushion the effect of their pains.
Meanwhile, the TUC has called on the security agencies to strengthen security measures in the state, particularly venues of the ongoing verification exercise‎, just as it assured to maximally support the governor in his effort to fishing out ghost workers in the state.
On the recent ban on street hawking and begging in the state, the TUC said it was a right step in the right direction and also worthy of commendation.

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