Kano State government has commenced an appraisal of its 10-year old contributory pension scheme.The stakeholders held a two-day conference in Kaduna to assess how it has impacted the workers.
Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in his keynote address, said the state has been able to pay workers’ salaries.This, he said was due to the government’s ability to manage meager resources and block leakages.He said: “Three years ago, when we assumed the mantle of leadership of Kano State, our administration was not insulated from the global economic meltdown.
“We were confronted with worldwide recession which significantly imposed limitations on our earnings.”He added that the adverse effects of the recession lasted for a long time to create a stumbling block on the state’s capacity to meet its ultimate desire.Part of the areas that suffered were the fastracking of the state’s development and the improvement of citizens well-being.
The state Head of Civil Service, Muhammad Auwal Na'iya, represented the governor.He expressed gratitude that despite the constraints, the state has been able to modestly deliver on its socio-economic development.He added: “Among the foremost challenges that we encountered on assumption of office in May, 2015 was the payment of salaries to the tune of N3.7 billion.55,377 civil servants were then on the payroll of the state government.
Added to that was that a number of local council areas were unable to pay salaries, due to significant shortfall in earnings from the federation amount.While disclosing that it has managed to address most of its challenges, he said the state is currently delivering services and projects to bring succour to the people.
The governor urged pension trustees to dispassionately look at issues and suggest ways to solve the identified challenges.On his part, the head of civil service, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Establishments, Hajiya Amina Musa, said the state adopted the contributory scheme to suit its peculiarities.She said it was modelled after the Federal Government's initiative. According to her, the objective of the meeting in Kaduna was to brainstorm to critically appraise the implementation of the scheme in Kano State in the past 10 years.The meeting, she said, was to recommend ways to overcome such challenges to enhance its efficiency.