The Kano State Government says it has slashed the salaries of political office holders in the state by 50 per cent for the month of March due to dwindling resources.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the action was due to shortfall in the revenue accruing to the state from the federation account.
This was contained in a statement obtained by PlatinumPost on Tuesday which was signed by the commissioner.
He said the decision affected the governor, deputy governor and all public office holders in the state, which include all commissioners, special advisers, senior special assistants and special assistants, among others.
Garba said that at the local government level, the salary slash affects the chairmen, vice-chairmen, elected councilors, supervisory councilors, advisers and secretaries of local governments.
PlatinumPost reports that the Kano State Government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have been dagger-drawn over deductions of workers’ salaries, a move the government blamed on the dwindling resources accruing to the state.
The union recently issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to refund and stop what it described as “illegal deduction” from civil servant salaries or face industrial action.
The Kano NLC insisted that failure of the government to stop the deduction before the end of its ultimatum, would lead to a strike.
The union described the action of the government as a clear violation of the agreement on the new minimum wage law of 2019.