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Despite Revenue Drop, Full Salary Payment Remains Top Priority – AbdulRazaq

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Full salary payment a top priority despite revenue drop: AbdulRazaq
• Says Kwara among few states paying 100% salary as allocation shrinks
• Speaks on Colleges of Education’s strike

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said the state is not immune to the steady decline of revenue, adding however that the administration will continue to make payment of full salaries a first line charge because of its wider implications for staff welfare and the local economy.

In a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Governor’ Chief Press Secretary, the governor said states are getting abysmally low revenue receipts to the extent that allocations from Abuja to Kwara are hardly enough to pay full salaries and run basic government expenses until the allocation is augmented with IGR which ought to be for infrastructural development and savings for the future.

“Our policy is to make sure that we pay 100 salary and this is exactly what we have been doing since day one. All of our allocations and part of IGR now go into paying salary and running basic government expenses. We hardly have leftovers. So, we are struggling because the money is just not there. On top of that, we are having to give money to the local governments to pay 100% salary. After this is done, nothing is left,” he said at a meeting with the heads of Kwara State Colleges of Education, including the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies.

“We are aware of your requests and we truly want to do them. However, we are currently constrained by resources. Allocation has gone down. We are having to augment payment of salary and cost of governance from what is spendable of our IGR. Our ongoing capital projects are funded with bond. And it is simply impossible to use bond money to do any other thing because the terms of accessing the bond prevent such things. The bond we took is such that you cannot take a kobo out of it to do anything not listed in the terms. I urge everyone to bear with us. For now, we are only able to pay salaries 100% and this is in fact a struggle. However, paying salary as and when due is a thing we take very seriously.”

The Governor said he expected a better understanding from the COED teachers on their agitation majorly over an agreement signed since 2011 and was not implemented by previous administration, adding that this administration, unlike its predecessors, has never defaulted in full salary payment and other basic needs unlike before.

He said the government is not opposed to requests for improved welfare and had indeed offered something its purse can afford at this time, adding that it would be wrong and immoral for it to commit to an agreement it lacks the resources to implement now especially with the steady fall in revenue over the past six months.

“We don’t believe in gerigedi salary, which we met, and we don’t want to ever be tagged as an administration that was not paying full salary. This is the understanding that we seek. I think we deserve a better treatment. We feel betrayed by their strike despite our sacrifices to ensure everyone gets full pay at this austere time.”

The meeting was also attended by the Honourable Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General Bar. Senior Ibrahim Suleiman and all the provosts of the schools.

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2023: Kwara PDP and Fake Campaign Promises- Adebayo Faruk

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Since political campaigns have begun proper, the Kwara state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made series of fake campaign promises that Kwarans have welcomed with derision. The recent one was made by the state Publicity Secretary Mr. Tunji Moronfoye. He said PDP would restore the dignity of civil servants if given the opportunity to govern the State in 2023. In the release, he accused the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration of making mess of civil servants’ dignity.

It’s public knowledge that it was Tunji Moronfoye’s PDP that made mess of the dignity of the state’s civil servants. PDP treated civil servants like overused clothes and made them suffer for being diligent and patriotic. It was in the Saraki’s inglorious 20 years that the civil servants were made to work for 30 days only to be paid geri-gedi salaries (amputated salaries), and sometimes no pay at all. Still, workers dare not protest the inhumaneness. Of course, Kwara PDP ruled with iron fist.

Kwara PDP didn’t only owe civil servants salaries, it also halted their promotions. PDP was in power when APC-led federal government implemented the N30,000 minimum wage but it didn’t implement it because it’s committed to desecrating the dignity of the civil servants.

Thanks to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for revamping the dignity of civil servants since he assumed office. The civil servants are no longer in doubt if they would receive their full salaries at the end of the month. The current state government pays salaries as and when due. It implemented the N30,000 minimum wage PDP couldn’t implement. It’s promoting civil servants who are due for promotion. To encourage state’s workers, this government offers the best civil servants gifts and prizes, including a motor car.

If Mr. Tunji Moronfoye wants to be sincere with Kwarans and do away with fake campaign promises, he’ll acknowledge that the AbdulRazaq-led administration is delivering on its campaign promises to civil servants. It’s a known fact that civil servants have been better under the current state government compared to under the Saraki led People’s Democratic Party.

Like other PDP’s fake campaign promises, Tunji Moronfoye has hinted civil servants that the PDP government would return them to the sorry state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq met them from by returning to former Governor Ahmed’s legacy of geri-gedi. This is more reason why Kwarans and most especially civil servants shouldn’t vote to have a PDP government that will inflict pains on them and comfort its party loyalists with their salaries.

Adebayo Faruk writes from Oke-Ose, Ilorin, Kwara state

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Kwara State Govt Set To Reward Excellence In Students

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The Kwara State Government through the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Affairs is set to reward academic excellence and worthy character among Kwara State students, both in the state and beyond.

Fidel Info reports that this gesture is aimed at enhancing the efforts of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration in putting the welfare of Kwara students first and encouraging excellence for growth and societal development as this is coming few days after the e-payment of students bursary was flagged-off. (more…)

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Kwara Govt Approves Scholarship For Nigerian Law Students

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Kwara State Government has approved scholarship for Kwara Students in Nigerian Law accross the Country.

Fidel Info reports that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore made this known today in ilorin,while Congratulating the Law School Graduands on their Call-to-Bar Ceremony at the instance of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and the Government of Kwara State.

Dr Abolore reiterated the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Administration’s high level Commitment at ensuring Students welfare are treated with priority attention. This is coming while disbursement of the bursary to kwara state students is also ongoing.

He Congratulated the Graduands on their achievements and charged them to be good ambassadors of the State at various levels

Dr Abolore assured that the Ministry in collaboration with the State Scholarship  board would take swift action to ensure that disbursement is offered to the beneficiaries anytime soon

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