By hassan Muhammad tukur
The Head of Civil Service in Katsina state, Alhaji Idris Usman Tune has allayed the fears of civil Servants on the proposed contributory pension scheme in the state.
Alhaji Idris Usman Tune while addressing a press conference organized by the state correspondent chapel at government house Katsina stated that the Jigawa model of the scheme had been adopted.
He stressed that the disbursement aspect would not be implemented by the pension administrators but the pension department in his office.
He announced that the Bill on the contributory pension scheme is now being handled by the state house of assembly and will soon be committed to public hearing.
Alhaji Idris Tune explained that when the bill is passed into law, both government and workers will contribute monthly while workers will be receiving lump sum gratuity and pension like what is obtained in the current system as government will not allow pension fund administrators to determine how to pay retired civil servants their hard earned retirement benefits.
Despite current economic challenges in the country, the head of service stated that Katsina state government had remain constent in the payment of salaries, pension and gratuity.
Alhaji Idris Tune explained that government had implemented the 30,000 national minimum wage and sequential adjustment to maintain salary gaps across all grades , levels and steps of different salary structures being operated in the state.
He said that government had committed itself to prompt payment of monthly salaries to workers as and when due without interruptions, adding that every worker receives salary latest by 25th of each month.
The Head of Civil Service announced that from inception to date, the APC administration had paid a total of over 70.9 billion Naira has been paid as pension and gratuity to workers in the state, local governments and local education authorities.
Giving a breakdown, Alhaji Idris Tune revealed that over 18.9 billion Naira was paid as pension from June 2015 to August, 2020, stressing that over 10.6 billion Naira was paid as gratuity in the same period in the state civil service.
He announced that 24 billion Naira was paid as pension to local governments and local education authorities from June 2015 to August 2020, adding that over 17.3 billion Naira was paid as gratuity to workers in the local governments and local education authorities in the state.
On the renovation of government quarters, Alhaji Idris Tune revealed that 251.6 million Naira was spent in the renovation of 343 government houses executed in phases.
He announced that the state government had recently entered into partnership with some private developers to provide affordable houses to workers in the state.
Alhaji Idris Tune explained that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with some of the developers for the provision of the houses.
The Head of Civil Service announced that from inception to date, 3667 staff were recruited as a replacement to those who left the service in Ministries, Departments and Agencies-MDAs.
He said over 301 million Naira was spent in training and retraining of civil servants through in service, seminars, workshops and conferences from 2015 to date.
Alhaji Idris Tune revealed that over 450.6 million Naira was disbursed as refurbishing loans to 4878 civil servants in the state by the Masari led administration in the state from 2015 to date.
He said other welfare packages include provision of medical assistance to Civil Servants and their families, adding that the assistance was in local and foreign treatments.
On staff promotion, Alhaji Idris Tune revealed that the APC administration had considered promotion as a key motivating factor, saying 2002 on grade level 13 and above have been promoted to the management level between June 2015 to April,2020.
He announced that a remarkable feature of the Masari led administration is the abolishing of tenure system, adding that the policy decision with far reaching effects on the state bureaucracy and social stability was achieved.
He said that the state government upgraded Bala Abdullahi college of Administration in Funtua to a Diploma awarding institution.
The Head of Civil Service revealed that over 150 million Naira was spent on the upgrade of facilities in the college during the period under review.
Alhaji Idris Tune revealed that government had adopted resolution of the National council of state, which allows holders of HND with PGD in relavant subject to reach up to Director level.
He said government had collaborated with the federal mortgage bank in disbursing houses rehabilitation loan to workers in the state and local governments.