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Bleak Sallah, As Workers Lament No Money In Minna

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 3:48 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chunwendu Nnadozie


Residents of Minna, Niger Sate capital, especially civil servants have decried the pitiable conditions, which the prevailing economic hardship in the country and the salary slash by the state government had imposed on them.

One Rakiya, a middle aged woman on Monday, slumped and wept at an ATM point of one of one of the first generation banks and refused to be consoled.

Rakiya, who went to the ATM to withdraw money for Sallah shopping to prepare food for her family of five said she was surprised to discover that after the State government made all deductions from her salary, all she was left with was N2, 000.

Rakiya decried what she termed, the insensitivity of the government to the sufferings of Nigerians and added that the general hardship in the country was compounded by the salary cut by the Niger state government.

Another civil servant said he could only access N1000 from the funds in his account. He said he had no hope of buying food for his family of three “throughout the festive season and perhaps for the remaining days of the month.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state has called on affiliate labour unions to brace up for an industrial action.

Comrade Idris Ndako, Chairman of NLC in the state, in a circular made available to the press, called on all affiliate unions to mobilise members for industrial action on July 11 if the state government failed to rescind its decision to pay workers half salaries from the month of June.

The congress, which expressed concerns over the ‘unilateral’ decision of the Governor Sani Bello to cut salaries by over 50% in the face of prevailing economic situation and in the wake of the Sallah festive period, lamented that they were passing through the worst hardship in the history of Niger state.

The state labour leader said that many workers have fallen sick following the salary deductions.  “Many civil servants were left with no money after the banks deducted their loans.

“We are shocked by the harsh decision of the state government. I have a report about a worker that fainted when he received salary alert of N45, 000 instead of N90, 000, and when his Bank deducted loans he was left with N250”.

There were however unconfirmed reports as at the time of filing this report that the salaries of workers has been increased by 20% after the intervention of the Governor’s father Col. Sani Bello (retired).

The retired army Colonel was said to have mandated his son, the governor to consider the hardship faced by the people and increase their take home for the time being to enable them “have something to eat” for the Sallah.