Kano state government has repealed the tenure regime for directors and top local government officials in the state’s Civil Service, according to the statement issued Thursday by DG Media and Communications in Government House, Kano, Salihu Tanko Yakasai.
This followed the signing into law of the State Pension and Gratuity (Amendment) bill, 2017, by the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at the Government House in Kano.
Hitherto, directors in the state civil service, who served in that capacity for eight years, automatically retire from the service, while local government employees such as directors of personnel, heads of departments, and workers on grade levels 14-15 would also proceed on retirement, if they stayed for eight years on the same grade level.
Governor Ganduje, who signed the law, while receiving the National President of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ibrahim Khalil, who visited him, explained that “the amended law would eliminate some of the encumbrances encountered in terms of career progression in the civil service.”
The governor dwelt on the problems bedeviling local administrations in the country, especially lack of autonomy and insufficient capacity to provide good leadership on the part of some elected political leaders at the local government level.
On the proposed rally on local government autonomy by NULGE, the governor explained that even though what they intend to do is legitimate, they should not allow bad eggs to hijack the activity and cause chaos.
On his part, NULGE National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil, said the North-west leadership of the union is in the state as part of an advocacy tour on local government autonomy in Nigeria.
He appealed to the state government to consider re-inventing the Local Government Service Commission as well as putting in place a sachem of service that would favour local government workers, in view of their instrumentality in grassroots development.