Nasarawa Workers Protest 50 Per Cent Salary Cut


Aggrieved Nasarawa workers have protested a 50 per cent cut in their salaries and allowances by the state government.

The angry workers, who carried placards, wept, sang and pronounced unprintable curses on the administration described the proposed salary template by Nasarawa state government as a crime.

To demonstrate their grievances, the workers paralysed socio-economic and government activities in Lafia, the state capital.

They accused Governor Al-Makura of killing the local government system, and described the development as a bad signal to the existence of the state.

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The Union further gave the state government 48 hours ultimatum to reverse its decision or face total shutdown of activities in the state.

Nassarawa state government had decided to cut the salaries of public officers and civil servants by 50 per cent explaining that it had become imperative in view of dwindling revenue accruing to the coffers of the state.

The state government has admitted to falling short of cash to pay civil servants the former salary wage and for essential services, disclosing that for the past five months the state has spent over N1.6 billion to augment staff salaries and over head cost.

Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur said that due to the shortfall in revenue allocation, government is running short of money to pay workers and embarked on infrastructural development effectively.

Tukur who said Al-Makura should not be blamed for the present challenges facing workers in the state, maintained that the fall in the country’s economy was responsible for the present predicament.

He said workers in Nasarawa should appreciate the state for its ability to pay salaries in spite of the dwindling revenue from the federation account.

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He therefore appealed to the striking workers in the state to understand with the government over the current economic predicament and rescind their decision.