By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
AMIDST growing calls for restructuring from some Nigerians , Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto sees it differently , saying what Nigerians and the country need is not restructuring but making life more meaningful with opportunities for citizens to live comfortably.
Tambuwal who made the remark in Sokoto while receiving participants of the Senior Executive Course 43 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS) , Kuru, Jos, Plateau state insisted that ” the country doesn’t need any physical or geographical reconfiguration, but what will make life better for the people.”
He also urged the participants to patriotically engage in conducting researches on the security and economic challenges of the country with a view to proffer practical and dependable solutions to the challenges.
He participants were led to Sokoto by
Professor Dung Pam Sha on a study tour to the state.
Accordingly, the governor tasked the institute and the participants on the urgent need fast track beneficial ways for the private sector to be more attractive towards advancing the course of economic development than the public service in view of the economic situation.
” You are capable of driving the needed course of action for the country to sail out of its predicament for economic prosperity.
” You also have the apace to play a role in making the public service more responsive and productive . Though, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly weakened the civil service structure”, Tambuwal noted.
Tambuwal hitherto, stressed the need for the FG to also prioritise recruitment , welfare and training of security personnel to enable them perform effectively .
Disclosing his administration’s efforts towards stabilising developmental activities with regards the future and contributions of youths especially the girl child through encouraging Science ,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM)/education, Social Investment by targeting the indigent, Tambuwal said a robust approach to beneficial economic support for youths, prompt and continued payments of salary and pension were sustained in addition to simultaneously addressing the issue of gratuity and other allowances as well managing the work force and other sectors within the limited resource available to the state.
He disclosed further that the state government had no intention to sack workers inspire the numerous economic challenges shrouding the country” instead, an agreement would be reached when the need arises , to source for funds by taxing elected officials and political appointees to pay civil servants pending when the situation improves and the deductions made would be repaid”, the governor explained.
He added that despite the economic challenges in the country, the state government does not intend to sack workers. Instead an agreement would be brokered, when the need arises, to source for funds by taxing elected officials and political appointees to pay the civil servants pending when the situation improves and the deductions made would be repaid.
He also disclosed that the state government was collaborating with the Alumni Association of the Nigerian Institute(AANI) for the promotion of good governance while acknowledging in appreciation of the unique contributions of the local chapter being guided and supported by Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and other prominent indigenous members.
Leader of the delegation ,Professor Dung Pam Sha who told the governor their study tour mission to the state also said it availed them the rare space and opportunity to visit a number of sites especially where the state government projects were located.
” We were impressed with the what we saw. Indeed, the state government has invested hugely to develop and improve on education , healthcare delivery service and other human oriented projects “, he pointed out.
In the same vein, Pam Sha while acknowledging the giant strides of Tambuwal in transforming the historic seat of the caliphate, gave a pass mark to the governor for the foresight to making the state a model among equals as well driving the campaign on gender equality” you are practically gender sensitive especially in appointing your cabinet members and other top jobs in the state workforce”, he noted.