The Niger State Government on Thursday confirmed its decision to slash the salaries of all workers in the State by 50 per cent.
The State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Idris, in a statement on Thursday, said the decision was regrettable and painful but unavoidable.
He said the slash by 50 per cent was in view of shortfall in income from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, and drop in the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
He said, “The decision is regrettable and painful, the debacle is apparently unavoidable and will very hopefully be short-lived.
“Unfortunately, the shortfall worsened further this month again, giving a direct drop of over N1 billion in state’s cash accrual from the federation account since September.
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“Combating insecurity has equally been daunting and has taken its toll on the resources of the state, as the personnel on the front line of opposition to the insurgents have to be kitted well enough for the task. Can the state government avoid the task of carrying out her primary responsibility of guaranteeing the safety/security of the residents at whatever cost?
“The move to reduce salaries of all categories of workers, given this preceding explanation, is compelled by existential developments, and whatever has been deducted from workers shall be returned to them once the situation improves, as has been experienced by local government workers in the state.
“It is our sincerest hope that the situation would improve soonest so the government would reimburse the workers for the deducted percentage.
“Government is also deeply pained by the development and regrets the difficulties it may cause,” Idris said, adding that the government has put machinery in place to increase its IGR.