by JAMES DANJUMA
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.
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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