By Ayo DADA
It is no longer news that Governor El Rufai of Kaduna state on Monday, announced that it would commence transition to four- day working week for civil servants in the state. The policy, according to El Rufai is to “boost productivity, improve work-life balance and enable workers to have more time for their families, for rest and for agriculture.”
Rev. Joseph John Hayab, Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, said, on Tuesday that “Kaduna workers should also pray fervently that there wouldn’t be another mass sack before the end of this administration which has brought so much pain and hardship.
How can a state that is not secure talk about giving workers time for agriculture and be with family when bandits move about freely, terrorizing people in their homes, on the farms and on the highways!
How can one spend time with family when you have nothing to feed them or provide for their basic needs?”
What economic sense does this make? One wonders… This is a state that generated more VAT only to Zamfara a state that from January 2021, to August 2021, Kaduna state recorded a VAT revenue of N18. 262 billion, came after Zamfara with an allocation of N32. 726 billion, while Katsina which generated N3. 738 billion in the period under review got N31. 539 billion. Zamfara stood out as a peculiar state with the least generation of VAT revenue. It was the only state that recorded less than a billion in the eight-month period of review.
El Rufai’s decision is like rubbing salt to injury, at a time when the Value Added (VAT) war rages on. Is this an Islamic decision, to equate Friday to Sunday? What is it that is informing El Rufai in taking the decision? Is Kaduna a test run, just as Zamfara was the test run for sharia law during the first term of President Obasanjo.
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The above is exactly how the north is being run by it’s ‘Almajiri’ leaders that have brought a once prosperous north, that boasted of the groundnut pyramids to it’s knees. Instead of financial, economic, academic and religious progress, it is retrogression in everyone of these areas. The northern leaders are winding the clock of the north backwards and are unfortunately doing the same to Nigeria with the connivance of some in the the south.
Take a look at the VAT chat below and one can see why the south must not relent on collecting the VAT generated by their state. This will be good for all, because states that cannot survive, or generate sustainable economy will have to merge with others or go into extinction, period.
A table showing what each state generated between January –August 2021 and the allocation to each of them3
|No.||STATE||VAT GENERATED||VAT ALLOCATION|
Again, fair minded and indigenous Nigerians can see why Nigeria must be restructured, I don not see how reducing the work days of workers in Kaduna can be beneficial to the state, however, if that is what the citizens of the state and any northern state wants, so be it, let us all sit at the table and renegotiate the fraud called Nigeria, it’s not only about time for this, the time is past.
Indigenous Nigerians in the Nigerian Legislature must no longer sit by and let a section/region of the country continue do draw back the hands of progress of other sections/regions.
This unfair, unjust, illegal and fraudulent system must be done away with. Nigerians have seen the retrogression, the backwardness and the stench the educational quota system has brought upon the country. Abubakar Malami, is the poster boy for maladministration, a half baked sharia lawyer/judge, chosen to become The Attorney General of the Federation where we have many great minds that would have saved the nation from the embarrassment Malami brings upon Nigeria in the committee of Nations. Most top officers in 85% of federal agencies are occupied by the ‘Malamis’ of Nigeria; and we wonder why Nigeria is in the doldrums.
RESTRUCURING NIGERIA CAN AND SHOULD NO LONGER WAIT.
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