…reduces ministries from 19 to 14
By Ibrahim Imam
The governor of Kano state, Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday announced a 50 per cent cut in the salaries and allowances of all political office holders in the state, just as he pruned down the number of ministries fro 19 to 14.
Ganduje, who announced the decision in Kano during the swearing in ceremony of 13 new commissioners for the state, said the measures became necessary in view of the sharp reduction in revenue profile of the state.
Informing the people, the governor said: “I hereby announce that the salaries and allowances of all political office holders are reduced by 50 per cent.
“We shall pursue an aggressive internal revenue generation in view of the dwindling oil revenue from the federation account as business will no longer be as usual,” he added.
The governor said the new administration in the state had embarked on new reforms including reduction in the number of ministries from 19 to 14, to cut cost of governance.
He said that the commissioners were selected on merit and urged them to deploy their expertise to the service of the state.
Ganduje added that they must discharge their responsibilities with utmost sense of accountability, transparency and fear of Allah.
The new commissioners include the immediate past NUJ President, Malam Mohammed Garba as Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Mr. Murtala Garo, to take charge of the Local Government and Community Development Ministry and Mr. Haruna Falali, for the Ministry of Justice.
Others are Dr Kabir Getso, Health, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, Water Resources and Rural Development, Professor Kabir Dandago, Finance, Hajiya Zubaida Sharif, Women Affairs, Ali Makoda, Environment and Rabi’u Bako, Commerce.
The rest include Hajiya Aisha Mohammed-Bello, Planning and Budget, Garba Lambu, Works and Housing, Alhaji Faruk BB Faruk, Lands and Physical Planning while the Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar will oversee the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.