From Jude Dangwam, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has slashed the allowances of political appointees by 50 percent following the negative impact of the ravaging Coronavirus on the global economy.
He said the negative impact, which has affected the nation’s budget now slashed by N1.5 trillion, which the expected revenue accruing to Plateau State from the Federation Account has fallen drastically by over 51 percent.
Lalong made the pronouncement, while making a state broadcast on the measures painfully taken at the emergency meeting of the Executive Council Meeting held at the new government house Little Rayfield in Jos the Plateau State capital.
He said the action is inline with the advised of the State Economic Council following the trend of event in the economic space globally and nationally.
In his words, “Dear citizens of Plateau State, you may have been following the impact of the Corona Virus disease on the global economy. Nigeria is not isolated and has already been heavily impacted because of the crashing oil prices on the international market.
“Already, the Federal Budget has been slashed by N1.5 Trillion in line with the reality of the times. This comes with consequences for other tiers of Government. Expectedly revenue accruing to Plateau State from the Federation Account has fallen drastically by over 51 percent.
“Accordingly, we must brace up for the harsh economic realities and be ready to make necessary sacrifices in the coming weeks and months. Therefore many development projects and programmes will have to be reviewed in accordance to the emerging realities.”
The Governor further stated that “For the avoidance of doubt, recurrent expenditure other than salaries and pensions will be cut by 40 percent; the processes of fresh employment; implementation of the new minimum wage; funding of on-going projects among others, will be affected in the interim. Similarly, all allowances of political office holders are hereby slashed by 50 percent.
“These decisions were painstakingly arrived at by the State Executive Council on the strength of the advice of the State Economic Advisory Council. We shall therefore appreciate the understanding of all and sundry in this difficult period, pending when we put this situation behind us,” he posited.