Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has assured workers in the state of prompt payment of salaries in view of the increase in the federal allocation to all tiers of government.
The Governor gave the assurance on Monday in Ilorin during the swearing in of the Acting Grand Khadi of the State, Khadi Shehu Muhammad AbdulBaki.
According to him, with the increase in local government councils’ allocation, local governments in the state were better positioned to pay salaries of their workers and those of primary and junior secondary teachers.
Ahmed said with the increase in federal allocation to the state and local governments, worst times were over for workers.
“The allocation is complemented by the growth in our Internally Generated Revenue to ensure that the State government continues to meet salary obligations and funding for infrastructure.
“All projects stalled by funding challenges will resume shortly across the state,” the governor said.
On cultism in the state, the governor said with the amended Anti-Cultism Law in the state, cultists would no longer have breathing space as the law would be implemented in full.
He said that government has strengthened the existing law on cultism by providing a maximum of 14-year jail term for anyone found guilty of cult related activities in the State.
Ahmed said that the law would work effectively, if parents, guardian and other members of society keep a closer eye on the youths, remain vigilant and report unusual behaviours and movements to security agencies.
“Let there be no doubt about it, we will make Kwara State unwelcome for those involved in this nefarious act by enforcing the Anti-cultism law, as amended to the letter.
“It is our determination that this will also bring an end to cultism in Kwara State” he said.
The governor charged the new Grand Khadi to conduct himself in a manner that would enhance the organized human relations, and ensure strong institutions and good governance.
The acting Grand Khadi, Justice Shehu AbdulBaki pledged to live to the expectation of not only the appointing authority but also the people of the State.
He promised that his administration would be premised on transparency, prudence, integrity, honesty, dedication and the fear of God.
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