Vanguard (Lagos)

30 January 2013

Nigeria: Bauchi Suspends Payment of Allowance to Workers

Bauchi — Four months after the Bauchi State Government started the deduction of 10 per cent of workers' salaries following alleged "dwindling state resources," the government has now completely stopped payment of any form of allowance to the civil servants and local government workers.

The state government, however, approved the stoppage of the 10 per cent deductions commenced from September 2012 up to December 2012. This means that salaries would return to status-quo with effect from January 2013."

The government, while stopping payment of any form of entitlements to its workers, blamed it on dwindling revenue, noting that the treasury staff will be paid 50 per cent of their special allowances.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Bauchi State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Mr. Ali Ahmed said labour unions have nothing to do with the suspension of special allowances as they were not consulted before it was introduced.

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