Abuja - The Kano State government has denied
reports it intended to reduce the federal minimum wage or downsize its work
force because of the current economic crunch facing the country.
The wage is set at 18 000 but some states have reported
they were struggling to pay.
However, Kano State Commissioner for Finance, Prof.
Kabiru Isa Dandago, speaking at an event to inaugurated the state task force
committee to monitor the biometric data capturing system for state civil
servants, denied the state would reduce the wage.
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“We don’t have problem with paying minimum wages in Kano
and as a matter of fact, the government is not complaining of incapacitation to
meet its demand in that regard,” Dandago said.
He allayed palpable fears of workers and growing
agitation by workers unions.
Dandago said the state government never complained of any
hindrance to paying workers their salaries.
He insisted that government had no known challenges that
might prevent the state from meeting its monthly recurrent expenditure.
“We are working hard to remain self-reliant
despite the dwindling federal allocation,” said Dandago.
- CAJ News