The Kano state government has announced a 50% salary cut for political office holders in the state due to the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on the state’s Internationally Generated Revenue ( IGR).
The government disclosed this on Sunday in a statement signed by the special adviser to the governor on social media, Abubakar Aminu Ibra.
“Due to shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the internally generated revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges, all political office holders in Kano state are to receive half salary with immediate effect from this Month of May.”
The state Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, blamed the development on the shortfall in the price of Oil in the global market which has affected world economy.
The country is faced with revenue shortfall to fund its budget and distribute funds to state through the federation account allocation commitee (FAAC).
Ganduje said “This includes the Governor and his Deputy, all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants among others. At the local government level those affected are Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Elected Councillors, Supervisory Councillors, Advisers and Secretaries of Local Governments office holders by 50 percent.
“There is also a serious set back in the IGR, due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Whereas almost all companies in the state are no longer in operation due to lockdown. So also other areas where the state gets revenue, are no longer,” the statement added.