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BREAKING: Kogi govt slashes salaries of workers, commissioners, others by 40 percent

Kogi State government on Tuesday announced a 40 per cent in the salaries of civil servants, commissioners and special advisers.

The Special Adviser to the governor on media and strategy, Mr Jacob Edi said that the slash was in response to the dwindling fortune of the state economy.

He said that the money accruing to the state had dropped from N3.7 billion in March to N2.7 billion in April while the salaries and allowances of workers and political appointees remain at N3. 2 billion over month.

Edi also explained that the state internally generated revenue was just N500 million with over 70 per cent coning from PAYE.

The Adviser said that government had no option than to slash the salaries of its workers, urging them to show understanding and bear with the government.

However, Edi, said that the cut in salaries will not affect civil servants on Grade Levels one to six and special assistants who are on N53, 000 salary per month.

Edi stated that the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Olugbenro Jegede earlier in the day held a meeting with all political appointees where he briefed them on the development

Efforts made to get the newly elected Chairman of the state chapter of the NLC to comment was abortive as he did not pick several calls made to his mobile phone number.