Governor Ibrahim Sh­ema of Katsina State yesterday ordered the 34 council areas to commence payment of outstanding debts owed contractors and other creditors.

Shema also ordered the council areas to recruit 500 people each under the Local Government Service, total­ling 17,000 with the state’s 361 wards to benefit from the exercise.

He said part of the exer­cise would see women tak­ing 10 per cent of the entire recruitment process.shema

To ensure smooth sail, the governor lifted a long-imposed embargo on re­cruitment and promotion, while a committee to verify outstanding debts before payment had been put in place.

Shema disclosed this dur­ing a meeting he held with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP council area chairmen and contestants for the state House of Assembly seats.

The governor said of the 500 persons to be recruited, 10 percent should be gradu­ates, 15 percent OND hold­ers, while 30 percent are secondary school certificate holders.

He also said unskilled hands would take 45 per­cent, but that they would undergo training by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

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