Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state says the state spends N9b monthly as payment of workers’ salary arrears.
According to him, this is commendable as many states in the country are owing several months.
The governor said this in Kano at the weekend during a workshop for financial journalists with the theme: ‘The Role of Nigeria Banking Sector: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward’.
He said workers in the state normally get their salaries between 26th and 28th of every month.
Ganduje called on the private sector to partner the government to revive the economy, especially the cotton industry.
“We need public private investment in order to revive the cotton industry,” he said.
“We have so many empowerment programmes ongoing in the state and they involve market women, and farmers. The Masu Shayi (tea sellers) empowerment is an effort from the government to improve first, the environment.
“During the inauguration of the empowerment programmes, there was a lecture on the cleaning of their environment and making the tea in good environment.
“Also, the empowerment was to make them self- sufficient so that they can to feed and take care of their families. Again, it was done to protect the public from practices that ordinarily would bring about diseases to the community.”