Gombe government Suspends minimum wage of N30,000 and reduces salaries for political appointments
Manassah Jatau, deputy governor of the state, said at a press conference in Gombe on Saturday that the decision was made after consultation with the standing committee on minimum wages and relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the new suspension of the minimum wage is effective from March 2020.”The increase in the minimum wage and the resulting adjustments adopted by the state have been put on hold until the state’s economy improves.
“The Department of Finance will review the 2020 budget to reflect the drop in international oil prices and the federal government’s subsequent benchmark of $ 30 a barrel.”In light of the above, all salaries of political office holders and permanent secretaries will be revised accordingly as a sacrifice to the state,” said the lieutenant governor.
He said the revenue department would be strengthened to function better to reduce the state’s over-dependence on federal allocations.
Jatau added that the government would announce new austerity measures to further reduce financial leakage and improve savings for the execution of necessary investment projects.
Mohammed Musa, president of the State, The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) called on officials to remain calm and appreciate the current state of the government situation.
“At the time of the last allocation of the federation, the state of Gombe lost 800 million naira of its allocation because of the fall of the price of oil on the international market,” he declared.
The president of the NLC assured workers that the suspension is temporary, as full implementation of the minimum wage and payment of all arrears will begin when the state’s financial situation improves.