Coronavirus: Governor Bala stops deductions from workers’ salaries amid criticism
- Governor Bala Mohammed has stopped the proposed plans to deduct from the purse of state workers for the battle against coronavirus
- The Bauchi governor said he has directed the state accountant general and other relevant stakeholders to cease from the plan
- Mohammed, who just recovered from Covid-19, said he withdrew the plan following criticism and show of displeasure from workers
Bala Mohammed, Bauchi governor, has put a stop to the proposed plan aimed at deducting from the salaries of workers in the state as a contribution to the coronavirus fight.
Governor Mohammed, who recently recovered from Covid-19, made the U-turn on Tuesday, April 14, following a vortex of criticism that trailed the decision.
According to Daily Trust, the governor gave the instruction to the state accountant general and other relevant stakeholders in the payment of salaries during the launching of Covid-19 Economic Recovery Committee in the state capital.
“I was told by the head of civil service and the organized labour in the state that workers will contribute certain percentage from their salaries to support our campaign against the spread of coronavirus.
"But later, some workers complained that the government forced them to make the contribution, which is not true.
“With this development, I directed the accountant general and the head of civil service to immediately stop the deduction of any amount from salaries of workers,” Governor Mohammed said during the event.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Mohammed, on Saturday, April 11, recounted his experience at the isolation centre where he received treatment after testing positive for coronavirus.
Mohammed told journalists at the government house that serving his stay and regaining full recovery from the pandemic were serious ordeals for him.
The governor categorically said that he went through hell while in isolation for treatment.
He recalled: “This disease that I was infected with is a terrible experience. I went through hell while in isolation for treatment, I felt like I was alone...''
However, the governor noted that things would have been worse for him if not for the love and constant prayers of well-meaning Nigerians at the time.
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