Yobe State Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Abdullahi Bego, while addressing the press in Damaturu on Friday said the current economic woes and global economic recession forced the state government to deduct workers’ salaries at the local government level, adding that though the decision is a painful one, but it is better than sacking staff.
The brief was in reaction to the outcry against deduction in salaries by staff.
Bego, however, said the state government under Mai Mala Buni is ever willing to reverse to the status quo and resolve the salary issue once the economic situation improves.
The commissioner, who called for the understanding of the workers, also retreated the commitment of the state government for prompt payment.
“As many of you are possibly aware, the Yobe State Government considers it a priority that workers’ salaries are paid promptly and timely. This is why here in Yobe State, salary payments are the first-line charge from government revenue receipts. This means that at the end of every month, the state government would first pay the salaries of workers before undertaking any other expenditure.”