Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has reassured the state civil service and the entire public that government has not cut workers’ salaries but embark on the new salary regime on ratio based on circumstances beyond the control of the government.
In a statement by the Chief Press secretary Jibrin Baba Ndace yesterday stated that, the steps taken were in the interest of both the state, the civil servant and the entire people of Niger state.
The statement noted that the reaction of the government was coming on the heels of the allegation that state government has reduced its workers salaries.
According to the statement “We are faced with a critical situation. Our monthly receipt from the federation allocation has been on a constant decline, the drastic fall in global price of crude oil and the continued heinous activities of the Niger Delta Avengers on our oil installations have being affecting our resources.
“These are challenges beyond our control. We have no intention to cut salary. We have no intention to suffer anybody. It is just that this is a period of sacrifice. It is a phase in our national life. We shall surely overcome this challenge” the statement added.
Consequently, the statement pointed out that the 70/30 percent ratio being used of receipt from Federation Allocation was to ensure that both workers’ salaries and infrastructural development were not left to suffer in the face of dwindling resources of the state.
He lamented that despite subjecting government decision and action to wide consultations with the organised labour and other stakeholders, including traditional rulers, religious leaders and civil societies, some mischief makers have misconstrued government good intentions.
Gov. Sani Bello noted that despite the state’s lean allocation, government was able to pay 70 percent salary across the board to all workers last month (June) and reaffirmed that their welfare will continue to attract priority attention of his administration.
He then said that government is intensifying efforts at improving its internally generated revenue by looking inward for other sustainable sources of revenues, reduce cost of governance, block leakages and eliminate wastages in government activities.
The governor also disclosed that frantic efforts are on to retrieve state stolen fund, assuring that no stone will be left unturned to recover every dime of the state that was illegally taken.