Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Sunday disclosed that henceforth, all political office holders in the state are to receive half salary with immediate effect from the Month of May.
In a Press statement signed by Malam Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor that was made available to newsmen in Kano , the governor explained that the steps by his principal was due to shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the internally generated revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges,
The statement quoted Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to have lamented that “Due to shortfall of the price of Oil in the global market which affects world economy and eventually causes serious shortfall in the federation account for states, the state slashes the salary of all political office holders by 50 percent.”
It added that, “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.”
The statement stressed “so also other areas where the state gets revenue, are no longer operational. This also is another reason for giving political office holders half salary.”
The statement listed the affected public officers as “the Governor and his Deputy, all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants among others. “
Other categories of public officers also affected at the local government level those affected are “Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Elected Councillors, Supervisory Councillors, Advisers and Secretaries of Local Governments.”