By Ismail Auwal
Civil servants in Kano State have expressed their dismay over the non-payment of their April salaries, saying that the state government has caused them hardships during the Eid-el-Fitr festival.
Some of the disgruntled employees who spoke out on Wednesday also accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of deducting money from their paychecks in previous months.
One civil servant, a primary school teacher who did not want to be identified, said the governor had made things difficult for them with the nonpayment of salaries causing many of them to be unable to meet their needs during the festive period.
“I couldn’t sew new clothes for myself and my family because things are getting harder for us every day,” the civil servant explained.
Another civil servant, a resident of the Nassarawa Local Government, told SAHELIAN TIMES that it was a sad experience for him because he had to rely on the generosity of others to transport his family to the Eid prayers grounds.
He said that it is indeed a painful experience for the civil servants in the state.
Business owners in some of the state’s major markets have also complained about low patronage “as markets become more dependent on wage earners.”
“As insecurity has already restricted the flow of customers from other states, Kano markets these days become busier at the end of the month,” Jamilu Girma, a trader in singer market, said.
The state government had yet to inform workers about the reason for the salary payment delay.