Why Kano State Can’t Pay Workers’ March Salary in Full
Civil servants in Kano State cannot get their salaries in full for the month of March, the state government has said.
The state government explained that it cannot afford to pay the full consolidated salaries for the month of March because there was a dip in the allocation it received from the federal government.
State commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba, said “The drop in federal allocation for the period under review has made it difficult for the government to implement the new salary package.”
Garba gave this insight as the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) gave the government a seven-day ultimatum to refund and stop what it described as “illegal deduction” from civil servants’ salaries.
The NLC described the deductions in salaries of workers as “unexplained” vowing that by April 6, 2021, workers would embark on a three-day warning strike from the midnight of April 7.
Garba appealed to the NLC to “reason with the government because embarking on strike won’t in any way solve the problem,” the commissioner said.
He said for the month of March, the state government received a total allocation of N12, 400,000,000 from the federation account, out of which the state collected N6,100,000,000, while the 44 local governments collected the sum of N6,300,000,000.
The commissioner called for the support and cooperation of the labour union and the entire workforce in general to maintain the good working relationship with the government in the interest of industrial harmony.