- The Niger state government is doing all it can to stay afloat as the economic implications of COVID-19 bite harder
- Governor Abubakar Bello has ordered a 30% slash in the salaries and allowances of all political office holders in the state
- The governor and his deputy are also affected by the new initiative
The governor of Niger, Abubakar Bello, on Tuesday, June 30 ordered a 30 per cent slash in the salaries and allowances of all political officers in the state.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, made the announced in a statement in Minna, the state capital.
“Those to be affected by the order include the governor, his deputy, commissioners, special advisers, and all other political appointees,” the statement said.
It said that the temporary slash was in view of the economic situation occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Government will transparently resume full payment of salaries and allowances when the economic situation improves,” the statement revealed.
Recall that the Niger government recently approved the reduction of tax payments in the state as part of measures to cushion the economic impact of coronavirus on residents.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown period, Nigeria's economy has been affected by adding fuel to the fire of rising unemployment and fiscal deficit.
The Niger state government is doing all it can to stay afloat as the country copes with the economic implications of the lockdown.
Experts say state governments in Nigeria need to renew their efforts to strengthen small businesses as a way to navigate their way out of the COVID-19 economic implications.
Small businesses are crucial for Nigeria’s economy as many Nigerians are dependent on it for their livelihood.
Economic experts also urged state governments to initiate partnerships that will be an opportunity to lead a sustainable and new kind of economy as Nigeria recovers from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello on Tuesday, June 30 joined President Muhammadu Buhari in a virtual flag-off of the construction phase of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.
Governors of Kano, Kaduna and Kogi also participated in the event which took place through video conferencing.
The pipeline, which is expected to be completed within 24 months, is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with the capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
Governor Bello commended the president for awarding the project, noting that it will be of immense benefit to the people of Nigeria and to residents of Niger state.
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