Substantial cuts in salaries of civil servants in Kano State has sent workers into morbid state of moodiness, and government has so far remained mute on why it has to tamper with workers’ pay.
Workers who woke up on Thursday to receive salary payment notification from their banks realized that up to 20 percent of their monthly take-home has been sliced off without any explanation.
As early as 8.00am, government workers have been making frantic calls among them to ascertain that the salary slice affected everyone.
A staff at the Ministry of Women Affairs who first told Judicial Sketch about the incidence said he was not sure if the huge cut in his salary was peculiar to him, but explained that he had to call about thirty other fellow civil servants to be sure it was a general problem.
Of course, Kano State government announced last week that the economic squeeze occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic has forced it to cut salaries and wages of political appointees by half. It did not say that civil servants would be affected by the decision.
Already, allegations of complicity have been leveled against labour union leaders in the state, as workers said government would not dare tamper with their salaries without the support of labour union leaders.
“Our labour leaders know about this wicked act. They must have given the government the nod to do this condemnable deed”, a staff at the Ministry of Environment said.
Efforts to get in touch with the chairman of the state branch of the Nigerian Labour Congress was not successful as of the time this report was published, but a labour activist at the Ministry of Agriculture who does not want to be named said workers in the state will nudge their leaders to challenge what he called “arbitrary and unpardonable daylight robbery of the led by the leaders.”
He said “it was even more annoying that government did not explain why and for what purpose they have cut our salaries.”