- Senator Ali Ndume has asked the federal government to cut senior workers’ salaries in order to reduce government spending
- The lawmaker who represents Borno south senatorial district made the statement on Monday, June 8
- Ndume recommended for palliatives to be given workers to supplement the salary cut
The federal government has been advised by Senator Ali Ndume to cut the salaries of senior workers in its workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The senator who represents Borno south senatorial district told Channels TV on Monday, June 8, that salaries of government workers can be cut since they are yet to resume work fully.
Ndume, however, recommended that palliatives should be given to the workers to supplement the salary cut.
He said workers should be ready to make sacrifices this period in order to reduce government spending.
He questioned the rationale behind paying workers full salaries when they were sitting at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The federal government had asked the civil servants to stay at home in order to check the spread of COVID-19.
However, as part of measures to ease the COVID-19 lockdown, the federal government directed civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to resume work as from June 2.
The directive was issued by the head of the civil service of the federation (HOCSF), Folasade Yemi -Esan.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has reportedly slashed salaries of the workers under the employ of Kano state government.
Daily Trust reported that some civil servants in the state cried out over what they termed an unannounced, arbitrary slash in their May salaries.
Legit.ng gathered that civil servants in the state discovered the slash in their May salaries moments after they began to receive their monthly salary payment alerts.
The newspaper noted that a civil servant with one of the state’s ministries who preferred to remain anonymous said the entire civil service in the state has been plunged into confusion as their May salary was slashed without prior notice.
According to him, workers of his grade level lost between N10,300 to N12,200 depending on one’s luck.
The report also said that another civil servant with the ministry for local government said his May salary came with a slash of N7,600, stressing that there are many workers affected by the arbitrary deduction.
He added that he wasn’t expecting any cut in his salary as the government had already assured workers in the state that it would only slash political office holders’ salaries and not that of the civil servants.
The state government had recently announced through the state governor’s press secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, that political office holders would henceforth receive half salaries due to shortfall in monthly subventions from the federation account and collapse in the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) as a result of economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
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