The Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje says all political office holders are to receive half salary with immediate effect from this month of May.

Ganduje said this due to shortfall in the federation account and decline in the internally generated revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges.

This was contained in a media statement signed by the chief press secretary to Kano state government Malam Abba Anwar And was made available to Kano Daily.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje lamented that “Due to shortfall of the price of Oil in the global market which affects world economy and eventually causes a serious shortfall in the federation account for states, the state slashes the salary of all political office holders by 50 percent.”

The statement said Ganduje added that “There is also a serious set back in the IGR, due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Whereas almost all companies in the state are no longer in operation due to lockdown. So also other areas where the state gets revenue, are no longer operational. This also is another reason for giving political office holders half salary.”

The statement further said Those includes were, the Governor and his Deputy, all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants among others. At the local government level, those affected are Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Elected Councillors, Supervisory Councillors, Advisers and Secretaries of Local Governments,’’ said the statement.

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