Gombe state has suspended the N30,000 minimum wage and reverted to the previous minimum wage which was N18,000, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economy.
Manassah Jatau, the Deputy Governor of Gombe who chairs the minimum wage implementation committee, stated that the joint committee is not only working to revert the minimum wage, but also working on the downward review of salaries of all political appointees and permanent secretaries in the state.
He also stated that the government had instituted on austerity measures to reduce misspending and create savings for execution of necessary projects.
Furthermore, he said that the state Ministry of Finance would 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 bench mark by the federal government.
In the mean time, Labour has called for tranquil and insisted that the suspension of the minimum wage was only temporary.
BY HANYTA OGBE