*Katsina Govt spends over N7b monthly on state and LG staff salaries, pensions.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Katsina State Council, has commenced operations at its permanent Secretariat complex in Katsina after almost four decades in a rented apartment.
Speaking during the commissioning of the office complex by the State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, the chairman of Katsina NLC, Dr. Hussaini Hamish Yanduna, said the newly built administrative block and groundbreaking ceremony of the conference hall project of the labour movement demonstrated the commitment of his (Yanduna’s) administration to addressing the critical needs of workers in the state.
He assured members of the congress of the commitment of his team to complete the conference hall project towards the realization of more revenue by the council and provision of a conducive environment for the congress or its affiliates’ meetings.
The NLC chief also expressed gratitude to the state government, the national secretariat of the union and its affiliates among others for their support in making the Labour House a reality.
The state government, he noted, also provided the congress with 40 hectares of land in two sites to build houses for its members at affordable rates besides sustaining the refurbishing loans to the state civil servants among other laudable initiatives.
Addressing the ninth quadrennial state delegates conference of the union, the State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, revealed that government spent over seven billion naira on monthly salaries, pensions of the state and local government workers and retirees.
Gov Masari also disclosed that his administration didn’t stop recruitment of workers but only regulated it for optimal result.
According to him, the current administration had raised the number of teachers from about 19,000 in 2015 to over 34,000 in 2023.
He added that his administration had granted recent approval for the recruitment of additional workers into various ministries, departments and agencies in the state.