Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has slashed the salaries of political office holders in the state by 50 per cent effective May, according to a statement his Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, Abubakar Aminu, released on Sunday.
Aminu quoted Ganduje as citing shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the internally generated revenue both caused by COVID-19 outbreak as reasons for the pay cut.
The statement read in part, “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.
“This includes 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.
“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.”