Kano state government has announced that due to the shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges, all political office holders in the state are to receive half of their salary with immediate effect from the month of May.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje complained that “Due to the 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.
Adding that, “There is also a serious setback in the IGR, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.”
Those affected include 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.