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A faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has commended the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Mr. Barnabas Bala, for their decision to cut down their salaries and allowances by 50 per cent because of the bad state of the economy of the state.
The deputy president of the faction, Alhaji Issa Aremu, gave the commendation on Sunday. El-Rufai, had, during his swearing-in as governor of the state on May 29, 2015, announced he and his deputy would continue to receive 50 per cent of their salaries and allowances until the economy of the state improved.
Aremu described el-Rufai and his deputy’s actions as leadership by example. Aremu in a statement in Kaduna on Sunday, said, “We congratulate the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el- Rufai on his successful swearing in as the 22nd Governor of Kaduna State on Friday, May 29, 2015.
“We are particularly encouraged by the determination and commitment of Governor el-Rufai and his Deputy, Mr. Barnabas Bala Bantex, to lead by example by sacrificing 50 per cent of their salaries and allowances until the fiscal situation of the state improves.
“The crisis of compensation in Nigeria is made worse by the unacceptable gap between the prohibitive tax-free pay of legislators, governors and political office holders on one hand and miserable pay of public civil servants.”