COVID-19: Niger cuts salaries, allowances of governor, deputy, others by 30%

Gov Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Tuesday ordered a 30 per cent slash in the salaries and allowances of all political officers in the state.

Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, in a statement in Minna, said that the directive was “with immediate effect”.

The statement said: “Those to be affected by the order include the governor, his deputy, commissioners, special advisers and all other political appointees.”

It said that the “temporary” slash was in view of the economic situation occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Government will transparently resume full payment of salaries and allowances when the economic situation improves,” the statement stated and quoted the governor as regretting the inconvenience the reduction might cause affected persons. (NAN)

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