By Auta Obadiah Dauda, Zaria

Civil Servants and political appointees in Kaduna state have received salary cut-down as the Coronavirus pandemic bite harder, authority says.

Even thought some civil servants have complained of deduction in their monthly salary, the state government came out to say that the cut also affected political appointees who are to let go of 50 percent of their monthly salaries.

According to the government in a statement issued by Special Adviser to governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Muyiwa Adekeye, both the civil servants and the appointees can no longer enjoy full salary while the poor in Kaduna continue to suffer from the effect of the lockdown.

Elanza News reports that many of the civil servants say they are not aware of any agreement reach with the workers concerning the salary cut-down.

Some of the workers in the Kaduna state civil service pay list said 25% of their salaries have been deducted.

In the early hours of Monday workers in the state civil service and other agencies received payment alerts with shortages.

A senior teacher who usually goes home with around N120,000 said his salary is short with N30,000.

Another staff who does not mention his name nor the agency he works, said his plans have been tempered with adding that the budget he made for the month has to be review.

He lamented that the salary he usually collect don’t take him home adding that the recent cut-down is now a double agony to him.

He said: “What can we do now that government has removed our money by force? When I collect my normal salary, it does not go anywhere and now they have reduced it again.”

On whether they were consulted before the salary cut, the civil servant said: “No, we only heard of it as a romour but it’s now a reality.”

Elanza News gathered that the salary cut-down is 25% for civil servants while 50% is for political appointees to support the state government in the provision of palliatives to the vulnerable who are lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pendemic.

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