The Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) has fired a total of 308 it’s employees have been fired by the Kano State as a result of fall in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The sack is also in addition to the termination of appointment of 60 Consultants contracted by KIRS.
The sack of the consultants followed a discovery that their services had expired as far back as 2018, but were still on the pay roll of the revenue company.
The Executive Chairman, KIRS, Bala Inuwa, who revealed this to Journalists on Wednesday, however said the affected workers were temporary staff employed by the service.
Inuwa noted that before the coming of Coronavirus, the service was generating over N2 billion, but as at now the company was struggling to generate between N500 million and N600 million per month
He added that another challenge he faced was that when he resumed duty about three months ago, no handing over note was given to him from former KIRS boss, saying “I just received the handing over note on June 23rd 2020 so it was impossible for me to know how the company was been run”
The revenue boss said the affected 308 staff, were been paid N20,000 upward adding that “they were not dismissed, but would be recalled when the company’s revenue improves .
“We believe in tax and revenue been collecting from various companies, individuals, few tax only coming and nothing is moving now, because all economies have been hit by the pandemic called COVID -19 and it would not be normal to continue acquiring liabilities, hence the next and alternate option of lay of temporary workers for now.”
His words “we were not interested in seeing anybody suffer. we were not happy that we disengage their service, because we also are human beings, but the prevailing situation facing the world in general and the country in particular, of which Kano state is part of it called for it “
Speaking on the issue of 60 consultants that were also sacked, Inuwa stated “I am a child of necessity and I have to accept whatever I met on ground and then move forward on a new slate.”
When asked if the affected 60 sacked consultants would be dragged to court over failure to disengage their service when their service had expired, he disclosed that “there is no need for a legal tussle with them, we have told them to go.”