- About 308 part-time workers from Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) have been sacked
- The chairman, Bala Inuwa disclosed that the shortfall in state's revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the action
- Bala also noted that the sack was temporary as the agency might recall the affected staff in the future
The Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) has sacked 308 part-time workers in the state due to the drastic fall in its revenue.
Daily Nigerian reports that the KIRS chairman, Bala Inuwa, revealed that the shortfall in the state's Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) caused by the coronavirus pandemic prompted the decision for the agency to sack its staff.
Inuwa speaking in Kano on Wednesday, July 1, said the decision became necessary as they couldn't afford to pay salaries due to the shortfall in the agency's revenue, but that the disengagement is temporary.
The chairman further said that if the revenue generation improves the agency might recall the affected staff in the future
According to him, the temporary staff was employed by the agency to collect tax from business operators. He said that since the pandemic had caused businesses to shut down, these staff had become idle and so they had to let them go.
“Furthermore, our revenue has fallen drastically. We can no longer pay their salary, that is why we decided to temporarily disengage then until the situation is improved,” he said.
The KIRS chairman said that the agency had lost over 70% of its monthly IGR, adding that the body is now generating N500 to N700 million as against the N2 billion it used to generate on a monthly basis.
Inuwa went on to add that drivers and cleaners have been handed over to a consultancy company and would be engaging them as the need arises.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Adams Oshiomole, the suspended national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) urged employers in the country not to sack workers or cut their salaries.
He said the stakeholders should “deepen the humane content of industrial relations” this season.
Oshiomhole noted states should not cut workers’ salaries in dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a message to Nigerian workers on the occasion of May Day 2020, the former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president pleaded with private sector employers to act as responsible social partners.
In a related development, Gotel Communications Limited, a media company belonging to Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, sacked some of its workers.
The company which has television and radio stations in Yola, Adamawa state, sacked at least 46 workers on Friday, May 1; a day which also happened to be Workers Day.
The firm said the employees were sacked as a result of a restructuring exercise which had started in 2019.
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