Auwal Ilyasu, Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has assured that the state government will initiate the payment of gratuities to retired civil servants from 2017 to date almost immediately after the verification exercise.
According to a statement by Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Bagudu disclosed this at a workshop organized by the state branch of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for court registrars.
The governor also used the opportunity provided by the workshop tagged: “How to file cases to improve revenue generation”, as a medium to share the government’s resolve to reduce dependence on revenue allocation from the Federal Government.
He enjoined unions in the state to complement the state government’s effort in diversifying revenue sources to, tally with the state’s population growth.
While describing the workshop as timely, in view of the increasing demands on the dwindling revenue from the federation allocation, Governor Bagudu acknowledged the role of the judiciary in mobilizing the public towards adhering to contracts and taxes to provide revenue for the state.
“We would want the setting up of a mechanism that would provide penalty on failure to comply with tax laws as well as diversifying revenue sources for the state to prosper,” the governor said. H
Bagudu, however, revealed that the government is appreciative of the initiative by the union, “In furtherance of promoting the welfare of workers, the administration has started the implementation of the new minimum wage inconsistent with the state revenue profile”.
He added that “The state government has paid outstanding gratuities to retired civil servants and has been constant in the payment of pensions.
“We would also continue with the payment of gratuities to retired civil servants from 2017 to date as soon as verification of the massive duplication uncovered is completed,” the governor said.