Court stops Kano state governor from salary deduction

Court stops Kano state governor from salary deduction

- This is probably not the best of times for the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje

- The northern state governor recently received an interim injunction from the Kano High Court

- The court presided over by Justice Usman Na’abba stopped Ganduje from deducting the salaries of some workers

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state along with four others have been restrained from deducting the salaries of members of the state chapter of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

In a report by Daily Trust, a Kano High Court issued an interim injunction after members of the union had filed a suit following the deduction in their November and December salaries amounting to over N80m.

The motion filled before the court on Tuesday, January 5, by Barrister F.I Umar their lawyer was equally supported by a 36 paragraph affidavit.

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Court stops Kano state governor from salary deduction
Governor Ganduje has been restrained from ducting the salaries of some workers in Kano. Photo credit: @GovUmarGanduje
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Justice Usman Na’abba in his ruling mandated the defendants to comply with an earlier agreement pending the determination of the motion and adjourned the matter to January 28 for further hearing.

This development is coming a day after the Kano state government stopped paying civil servants the N30,000 minimum wage.

The state made the decision to revert to the initial N18,000 which was reviewed by the federal government following an industrial action by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Confirming the Kano government's position, the spokesman of Governor Umaru Ganduje, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, said the recession induced by the pandemic is responsible for the reversion.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Ekiti state government announced that it will implement the minimum wage and consequential adjustment for workers in the state’s workforce.

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The announcement followed a meeting the government had with the organised labour where it was agreed that the salaries of officers in the civil service be adjusted.

The agreement was signed by the government negotiation team and labour leaders in the state on Tuesday evening, January 5. The government said the implementation of the consequential adjustment will commence immediately.

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