By Salihi Abubakar Bello, Kano:
Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared that all political office holders are to receive half of their salary with effect from the month of May.
According to governor Ganduje the decision was taken due to shortfall in the federation account and decline in the internally generated revenue, IGR, as a result of COVID-19 challenges.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje lamented that “Due to shortfall of the price of Oil in the global market which affects world economy and eventually causes a serious shortfall in the federation account for states, the state slashes the salary of all political office holders by 50 percent”.
Ganduje stated 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. 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”.
“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,’’ said the statement.