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Kaduna Proposes Security Allowance For Traditional Rulers

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Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has promised that District and Village Heads in the state will be given security allowances to enable them discharge their responsibilities of gathering intelligence reports that will help in stemming crime and insecurity.

 

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting at the Trade Fair Complex Saturday, the governor said that the Ministry of Local Government Affairs will soon come up with  a template for the payment of the proposed allowance.

 

El-Rufai said that the proposed template will only spell out the minimum amount that will be paid to District, Village and Ward Heads as security allowance, adding that buoyant local governments can even pay higher.

 

‘’When we assumed office, we found out that what local governments were paying District and Village Heads was nothing to write home about. In fact, Ward Heads were not paid anything. In some local governments, District and Village Heads  had not been paid for several months because of lack of funds, ‘’ he recalled.

 

According to the governor, his administration decided to reduce the 390 District Heads to 77, in addition to reducing the staff of the local governments throughout the state.

 

‘’The restructuring freed up resources of local governments as they can now pay salaries . Before we came, eight area councils couldn’t pay salaries without a bail-out from state government,’’ he recalled.

 

El-Rufai said that the proposed security allowance will enable Village and Ward Heads to keep tabs of happenings in their locality, so much that they can monitor the activities of criminal elements and report to security agents.

 

‘’A Ward Head is better placed to know which household has a new born child. This will ease vaccination and the collation of other demographics. The task is huge and it requires resources to carry out. That is why we want to introduce the security allowance,’’ he added.

 

The governor also recalled that his administration was criticised for reforming the traditional institution and restructuring the staff of local government, adding that ‘’we were called all sorts of names.’’

 

The governor said,the focus of his administration is to enhance the living standard of the common man and not to make the elite happy by allowing them to corner the resources of the state.

 

‘’Before we came, the chunk of state resources was pocketed by a few elite, leaving the people who actually need government’s help with nothing. We were determined to change this trend and this didn’t go down well with many people and several interest groups,’’ he clarified.

 

He further said that his vision is to see that every major town in Kaduna state has a good school, a good healthcare facility, electricity and potable drinking water.

 

El-Rufai, however pointed out that this can not be achieved within four years or even eight years, adding that it will be a gradual process.

 

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