Coronavirus: Gombe Government Suspends New N30,000 Minimum Wage
Gombe State Government has suspended the payment of N30,000 minimum wage over the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Though there is no recorded case of the virus in the state, the deputy governor, Manassah Jatau and the Chairman of the standing committee on the implementation of the new N30,000 said it’s reverting to the previous wage scale of N18.000.
Jatau said on Saturday while addressing journalist in Gombe state that the decision was reached as a result of the effect of Coronavirus pandemic on the global economy.
“The ministry of finance is to review the 2020 budget in order to reflect the reduction in the price of oil in the international market and subsequent adoption of $30 per barrel benchmark by the federal government,” he said.
He said the suspension of the implemented minimum wage and its consequential adjustment is with effect from March, and that his committee is working on a downward review of salaries of all political appointees and permanent secretaries in the state.
Jatau said the government is also taking measures to cut costs to reduce waste and to create savings for necessary projects.
Reacting, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) asked workers to remain calm, saying the suspension is not permanent.
“I want the civil servants in Gombe state to remain calm because the state has suddenly found itself in a quagmire because, as at the last federation account, the Gombe state government lost N800 million from its allocation due to the dwindling price of oil in the international market,” he said.
“So, I enjoin the civil servants to remain calm, we are on the ground and would be watching the situation. This suspension is a temporary thing; as soon as the situation improves, the wage payment will recommence and any arrears will equally be paid,” the labour chairman gave his assurance.”