The deputy governor of Gombe State and the chairman of the standing committee on the implementation of the new 30,000 naira minimum wage, Manassah Jatau recently revealed that Gombe State has suspended the payment of the 30,000 naira minimum wage, and reverted to the previous wage scale of 18,000 naira, due to the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country.
During his address to the pressmen on Saturday, Manassah Jatau mentioned that the conclusion was reached and decided upon owing to the economic downturn that the coronavirus outbreak has caused 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 also included the implementation of the minimum wage suspension and the new situational adaption takes effect from March while assuring that his committee is working on a salary reduction review of all political appointees and permanent secretaries in the state.
The deputy governor also added that the government is ensuring cost-effective strategies so as to reduce waste and encourage the preservation of revenue for the execution of more essential projects.
Adamu Musa, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) however urged workers to remain in a state of peace as the halt is only for the main time.
“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 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 assured.