Due to the shortfall from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) as well as low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the government of Niger State has slashed the salaries of civil servants and political appointees, beginning from the month of November, 2020.
The State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has therefore called for the understanding of the State Civil Servants and Political Appointees over reduction, describing the situation as unfortunate especially now that the economy is hitting hard on people due to recession.
A statement released by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, explained that the decision is temporal, saying things will return to status quo as soon as the situation improves.
The governor who attributed the short fall to the present poor economic disposition of the country, said it is not peculiar to the state alone.
He noted that he is not unaware that a labourer deserves his full wage hence his administration will expedite actions towards thinking outside the box on ways to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state so as to compliment whatever is coming from the FAAC.
The Governor passionately appealed for the understanding of all Civil Servants, political appointees and their dependants assuring that government will not hesitate to do the needful as soon as the economic situation improve.
He said himself and his deputy are not exempted from the salary reduction.
Recently, the Federal Government officially announced that Nigeria has slipped into recession as the Country’s Gross Domestic Product GDP declined.