Gov. Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa has approved N20,000 each to widows in the state to enable them start small businesses. The governor disclosed this at a forum with some editors in Yola. He said that the grant would be disbursed to the widows through the office of the wife of the governor. He also disclosed that the state government had set aside N500 million from its share of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) dividend for disbursement as loans to boost the growth of small businesses in the state. He said that the loans would also be a resolving one and would not be allowed to be diverted for other purposes. On the welfare of civil servants, the governor said that his administration had spent N7 billion to settle the outstanding arrears of salary and allowances owed the state’s civil servants by previous administrations.
He pledged commitment to the welfare of the civil servants, adding that ensuring prompt payment of salaries and allowances of the civil servants was his top priority. Bindow, however, expressed concern over the reported cases of ghost workers in the various local government councils and promised to flush them out of the local government system. The governor said that the insurgency, which had ravaged the commercial viable zones of the state, had negatively affected the ability of the state to raise its internal revenue profile.