Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has stopped paying workers the new minimum wage of N33,000 but reverted to the former minimum wage of N18,000 for its workers.
The Spokesperson to the governor, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, on Wednesday, said the state government stopped the payment due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “The state government has reverted to the initial minimum pay due to the recession. What we are getting now as a government has reduced, and we can’t afford to pay the N30,000 minimum wage”.
According to sources in the state Civil Service who spoke to the ThisDay, the government did not inform the workers of the latest development.
“We saw the deduction in our November and then December pay, and nobody told us anything,” a source said.
“The pensioners also had deduction in their pay and no reason has been given for this,” the source added.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage act into law, in April 2019, which stipulates N30,000 as the minimum wage.
In December 2019, the Kano State Government agreed with its workers to commence the payment of the new minimum wage.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have yet to react to the development.
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