Kaduna state Governor Mallam Nasir El-Raufai said he and his deputy Barnabas Bala will be slashing their salaries by 50 percent because of Nigeria’s dwindling economy.
Kaduna state Governor Mallam Nasir El-Raufai has announced that he and his deputy Barnabas Bala will be slashing their salaries by 50 percent because of Nigeria’s dwindling economy.
In his speech shortly after he was sworn in as the governor on Friday, May 29, El-Rufai, assured the people of Kaduna that he will run a transparent and accountable government.
He said, “In recognition of the difficult challenges we face, our deputy governor and I have concluded that the sacrifices that change requires must begin with us. We have decided to take a pay cut and donate 50 percent of our salaries and allowances until our fiscal situation improves.
“We understand that leadership by example is the most persuasive way to demand sacrifices from all of us as citizens.
“We will obey the same rules that we demand of all of you. After all, the law is the difference between civilization and anarchy. We submit ourselves to the principle that all are equal before the law.”
The former minister added, “As we celebrate on this day that God has made, let us remember, with sober senses, exactly what challenges confront us. For far too long, our country has been a place where hope goes to die, where the future has been stolen from our children, where our leaders have commandeered our resources largely for their own personal enjoyment, and where grinding poverty has become a fact of daily life for nearly all our people.”