Kano State has reverted to it’s former minimum wage of N18,000 for civil servants.
The spokesperson to the governor, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, in an interview on Wednesday, said the state government has stopped the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to its workers.
He said the reason for that action is due to the recession caused by the COVID—19 pandemic.
Adding that the state is unable to continue paying N30,000 because what the state is getting as a government has reduced.
“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,” he told reporters.
According to the source in the state Civil Service 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, adding: “The pensioners also had deduction in their pay and no reason as been given for this”.
Recall that president Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage act into law, which stipulates N30,000 as the minimum wage in April2019.
In December 2019, the Kano state government agreed with its workers to commence the payment of the new minimum wage, while arrears of April-November, 2019, were to be settled in installments.