Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ordered a 50 percent cut in salary for his political appointees in Kaduna state.
The announcement of the directive was made in a statement released by the Governor’s media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye. The 50 percent salary cut will run till the end of quarantine .
Governor El-Rufai has also given a directive that all senior government appointees in the state including Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers and Heads of Agencies to donate N500,000 each in April 2020 as their contribution in the attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Some of the Kaduna Governor’s political appointees will also be making monthly donations to support the provision of support and relief packages to the low income, poor and vulnerable residents of the state. Career public servants earning a net pay of N67,000 and above after tax will also donate 25% of their pay monthly while the quarantine conditions are in place, adding that no public servant will have less N50,000 monthly to manage in this emergency period.
The statement reads in part;
“We are obliged to demonstrate that as government workers, we care enough for others to donate part of our earnings for their wellbeing. As a state government, we are also seeking donations from high net worth individuals, the private sector and development partners to support our efforts to contain Covid-19 and its consequences.
“To fund the provision of these support packages, the Kaduna State Government expects all those fortunate enough to still earn a regular income to live up to their neighbourly responsibility towards those who are unable to earn any money due to no fault of theirs. Therefore, the less than 100, 000 persons who work for the Kaduna State Government as political appointees and public servants must contribute financially towards enabling the almost 10m persons living in the state to survive and thrive in this emergency period.
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to inform potential donors that we prefer donations to be in kind: personal protective equipment, PCR machines, medical facilities and equipment, facemasks, food, pharmaceuticals, and fertilizer, seeds and seedlings and other support for farmers. The state government will publicly acknowledge all donations in addition to the letters of appreciation that shall be sent to all donors.