Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Bauchi Stops Deduction of Workers Salary

Bauchi — The Bauchi State government has stopped the deduction of workers' salaries. The state government had sometime last year commenced deduction of 10 per cent of workers salaries over what it described as the dwindling resources of the state.

The latest development was contained in letter number GO/EST/S/OFF/184/T.3, titled discontinuance of 10 per cent deduction of workers' salaries, and was signed by Hashimu Dori, permanent secretary in the Establishment and Servicom Matters Bureau on behalf of the Head of Service.

"Governor Isa Yuguda has approved discontinuance of the 10 per cent workers salaries deduction which commenced in September 2012. This means that salaries would return to statuesque with effect from January 2013. Due to the dwindling resources, the governor has further approved that all allowances being paid with salaries for beneficiary cadres of the civil service through his executive fiat be suspended forthwith until the financial situation of the state improves. However, treasury staff will still receive 50 per cent of their special allowances. Payment of statutory professional salary structures like those of medical and health tertiary institutions remain sacrosanct and the reversion of leave transport grant from 15 to 10 per cent of basic salaries of all categories of workers in the state public service which is applicable rate nationally remain so as approved by the governor in September 2012," part of the letter read.

Dori added that the decision also applies to employees of the local government service. Speaking on the matter, chairman, Bauchi State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Ali Ahmed, said the labour unions have no hands in the special allowances suspension, but commended the state government for discontinuing the deduction of workers' salaries.

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