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Lawmakers kick, says Niger governor can’t slash workers’ pay

By Mahmud Lapai, Minna 

Members of the Niger State House of Assembly have condemned the decision of the state government to slash the salaries of civil and public servants in the state.Reacting to the move, they described it as unlawful, inhumane and highly irresponsible. The House therefore directed the state governor to refund the 50 per cent balance cut off from the salaries of workers in the state or face dire consequence. 

Chairman, House Committee on Labour and Productivity, Honorable Abdulmalik Madaki made the stand of the House known during a briefing with newsmen at the House of Assembly complex in Minna. 

Madaki declared that no one has the right to tamper with the salaries of civil and public workers adding that the salary cut is a gross violation of the law and Labor act. 

“Our salary is a law. The way the civil servants salaries were slashed, so was the salaries of the Legislators was slashed into two. The issue of salary is regulated by the law and someone cannot just wake up one morning to slash the salaries without consultation with the House of Assembly.” 

He called for the executive to explain what have been done with the N14.6 bailout funds advanced by the federal government to which the settlement of salaries were included. 

“At the inception of this administration, the House of Assembly granted an approval to the state government to access a loan of N1.8 billion to enable it settle the arrears of salary for local government which was inherited from the past administration. 

“The Federal Government offered the state government N4.6 billion bailout loan to augment the shortfall from federation account which the House of assembly approved. If the governor now says it have N3 billion overdraft from banks, then where is the N4.6 billion? What was done with it? 

“The sum of N10 billion bailout funds was also granted to the state by the federal government to enable it execute demanding projects. The state government also generated revenue internally. The state Assembly observed that there is no need in any way to cut unlawfully the salaries of public and civil servants by half”, Madaki asked.

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