Kano Gov Yusuf Battles Over 10,000 Ganduje’s Workers, Stops Salaries


In a move seen as making good his promise of sanitising the State government payroll, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has stopped the salaries of about 10,800 workers employed by his predecessor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Accordingly, the State Accountant General, Abdulkadir Abdusalam is to swiftly implement the directive and ensure that all outstanding issues concerning their purported engagement by the immediate past administration are properly sorted out.

Abdusalam, who spoke to journalists in Kano on Monday, said the governor has directed that the affected workers be exited from the state’s payroll for now, adding that his office would soon be undertaking an investigation to ascertain the authenticity of their engagement and procedures in order to identify and get rid of those illegally recruited by the former administration.

On the fate of all Local Government Councils staff converted to state workers by the Ganduje administration, he said their salaries would continue running but only based on the local government levels before their integration into the State government structure.

However, the Accountant General further explained that the affected staff would continue working in their new state’s Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) until the ongoing investigation is concluded.

Before taking over the realms of power in the State, the new administration had accused the Ganduje-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government of illegally employing over 10,000 workers on the eve of its exit from office.

Meanwhile, the Accountant General has assured that workers and pensioners in the state would no longer experience unnecessary deductions from their remunerations as was the practice under the immediate past government.

Similarly, he also announced that the state government has paid the National Examinations Council (NECO) fees for over 60,000 secondary school students for them to participate in this year’s examinations, adding that all the beneficiaries would soon be given access to officially register on the Exam body’s portal.

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