Niger state government has concluded plans to slash the salaries of civil servants in the state by 50 percent to be able to cope financially as Nigeria battles with economic recession.
Niger State government told officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) at a meeting held on Monday, November 23, that it can no longer afford to pay 100% salaries to workers effective from December 2020.
The development was communicated to the labour leaders by the state’s accountant general, Alhaji Abdullahi Saidu.It was learnt that the meeting was reportedly attended by all members of the State Executive Council, except the Governor of the state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso.
According to Siadu, the reason for the slash was due to a drastic decline in the state’s income from the federation account and the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The state government, however, reportedly promised to refund the 50 percent deduction back to workers when the economy improves.
Reacting to the development, the Organized Labour in the state has vowed to resist the plan to slash the salaries of the workers, adding that it does not accept the state’s government explanation and the promise to refund the deducted salaries later.