By Aliyu Dangida
The former governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has congratulated Muslim faithful on the eve of Eid-el-Kabeer celebrations, with lamentations on deliberate policy reversals and retrogressive measures by the ruling New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) which were derailing the wheel of progress in the state.
The governor’s Sallah message, which is contained in a statement by the former commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, was issued to newsmen in Kano Wednesday.
He said at this period of Eid Adha celebrations, the NNPP stopped the salaries of over 10, 000 workers employed by the former administration under flimsy and unacceptable reasons.
Ganduje noted that the salary stoppage, which also affected workers, particularly teachers some of whom were employed more than three months ago, has generated palpable fears in the state civil service for possible lay offs in other sectors of the state service.
The governor, in the statement, expressed concern over the cancellation of promotion of civil servants in the school teachers category and payment of their salaries based on their former grade levels.
He said the harsh policy of the state government did not come as a surprise because, they started this to pursue their plan for lower wage, bearing in mind the ongoing negotiations of new minimum wage, which they once described as an All Progressives Congress (APC) manifesto.
Ganduje further noted that the measure was also pointing at their plan to sack the teachers and replace them with their members.
While further sending his felicitations, he enjoined Muslims to learn from the lessons of sacrifice which the Eid Adha teaches.
He stressed the need for unity, understanding and support for one another particularly in this period of economic problem.