From Uche Uche, Damaturu
The local government chairman of Potiskum local government area in Yobe state, Aljahi Salisu Mutari has called on the state government, led by Governor Mai Mala Buni, to consider the plight of local government workers who are being denied their salaries because of reasons based on some biometric verification exercise in the local government payroll, and find a way to resolve the issue so that they could return to work.
He made the plea yesterday when the state governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, paid a visit to the local government to appreciate the people for their hard work during the 2019 election that gave the All Progressive Congress victory, not only at the local government level but at both state and national levels.
The chairman regretted that these victims of faulty verification exercise who has worked, some for ten years and others for more, are now being denied their salaries thus making life hard a living, a misery.
Speaking during the town hall meeting with stakeholders that includes leaders of different associations, Governor Mai Mala Buni, accompanied by his deputy, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, the secretary to the state government and other top government functionaries, gave the people hope that his administration would not fail the but work to fulfil all the promises made to them during the 2019 electioneering campaign.
“First and foremost, our coming to Potiskum is to give thanks, on behalf of all APC candidates that you gave your voted for, from the President to our senators at the national assembly down to the state assembly… and finally, by God’s grace, were sworn into office,” Buni said.
“We therefore consider it necessary to come and thank you for your efforts to ensure that victory is achieved in all polling units in the state, and I will not forget that there is no polling unit in the state where I failed,” Buni added.
During the meeting, leaders and chairmen of different groups presented requests on issues of importance to them and the governor took time to assure them that he would do all that is humanly possible to address their problems.
Some of the requests borders on implementing promises made to them on the construction of modern trailer park, modern market, and provision of fertilizer for the farmers as soon as possible, water supply among others.
On the issue of fertilizer, he said, although the military banned the importation and sales of fertilizer in the northeast on security reasons, his administration is making contact with the military which he assured that very soon, the NPK fertilizer would be brought and soled to farmers, while efforts are being intensified to ensure the UREA fertilizer is also allowed to be supplied to farmers in the state.
He however called on the people to show understanding and cooperate with the military and all security agencies who are sacrificing their lives to ensure peace for the citizens in the best way possible.