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Nigeria: Jigawa State Approves N2 Billion for New Pay Structure

The Jigawa State House of Assembly has approved N2 billion for the implementation of a new salary structure for workers in the state.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Alhaji Inuwa Udi, said this on Wednesday in Dutse, that the legislature approved the salary structure based on a supplementary budget of N3.96 billion sent by the executive arm of the government.

Also, the payment of the salary would take effect from October, adding that the salary structure was agreed between the government and the Nigeria Labour Congress.

He said in implementing the salary increase government used the contingency provisions in the budget of N550 million earlier made for the expected salary increase. Udi said the amount was added to the over N2 billion meant for the completion of some on going projects in the state to ensure the payment of the new salary.

“The total amount of N3.9 billion was raised from the N.5 billion kept in the stabilistion and contingency funds, the N500 million budgeted for the construction of emirs’ guest houses in Dutse and the N300 million budgeted for construction of due process project management office bureau complex which are yet to take off,” Udi explained.

He said some of the uncompleted projects that were captured in the supplementary budget, include the second phase of the new state secretariat complex, the new government house, residences for high court judges and houses for workers of the Sharia Court of Appeal.