By Bashir Rabe Mani
Sokoto (NAN) The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Sokoto State Chapter, has commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for the payment of N5 billion outstanding gratuities and severance allowances to Council Chairmen and Councillors.
The Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim, made the commendation in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Bashire, also the chairman of Tambuwal Local Government of the state.
He said the state government also approved the payment furniture allowance among others for current and retired Local Government workers and primary school teachers, all totaling over N5 billion.
The statement quoted Ibrahim as saying that the gesture of the governor had indicated that he has the welfare of the people at heart.
According to Ibrahim, the gesture will bolster productivity, efficiency and diligence in the provision of social services to the people of the state by civil servants and political office holders.
”It will also further renew the confidence of the people in the commitment of the governor to improve the living standard of the people of the state.
” Similarly, the gesture of the governor will further boost the socio-economic development of the state, as more money had been injected into the economy,” he said.
The ALGON Chairman also added that the gesture of the governor would go a long way to boost job creation and security, reduce poverty, crimes and restiveness among the youths.
According to him, in the same vein, it will further reduce corruption in governance, as workers in the state would no longer be apprehensive of life after retirement.
” ALGON is hereby reiterating its resolve to continue to cooperate with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal to ensure the success of the state government’s policies and programmes.
” The association is also calling on the people of the state to continue to be law abiding, as no development could be recorded without peace and unity.
” Serving workers in the state should also continue to be disciplined, law abiding and always respect the laid down civil service rules and regulations,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim also appealed to the beneficiaries to utilize the money judiciously and be wary of fraudsters.