Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has assured Nigerlites of prudent spending of public resources and pledged his administration’s commitment not to leave untoward burden for future generations.
He gave these assurances after receiving the report of over N216 million monthly savings following the civil servants verification exercise conducted by the organised labour in Minna the state capital.
The Governor noted that despite all various challenges occassioned by paucity of funds, his administration was committed to judiciously and prudently manage the scare resources at its disposal and plegded that his administration will strive not to bequet future generations with unnecessary burden.
According to the governor, “despite all the challenges, we are committed not to leave problem for future generations. We should be able to lay a platform so that when they come they will have better quality life and the system of administration will be made easier for them”.
He commended the organised labour for a job well done on the screening and verification of the state work force, he however expressed concern over the wage bill of the state that has remain constant despite retirement and death of civil servants.
“How come our the number of our civil servants at the state remain 29,000 every month even after the retirement of some officals? How come our wage bill is the same monthly? I am aware that every month people retire, some die but the wage bill is still the same.
“The work force in the state is very high. I pray that in the future we will see a manageable workforce of about 29, 000 at the state level and 60,000 at the local government level and pay our workers all the allowances, improve their standard of living so that we can get a quality civil service.
He then disclosed of his plan to introduce a new system that will enhance prouctivity among workers and ensure a better standard of living of the civil servants in the state.
“As Nigerlites we should wish for the progress and development of Niger state. We will all want to see a better Niger tomorrow and to leave a system that is workable for the future generations.”