At the backdrop of expected significant drop in revenue accruable to the three tires of government from the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, state governments may need fresh bailout arrangements as none of them have indicated plans to rejig budgets in line with the merging fiscal realities.
To underscore this development Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari said last week that some state governments in the country may find it difficult to pay workers salaries in the next three to six months as a result of the current economic hardship occasioned by falling oil prices.
The governor said this at the foundation laying ceremony for construction of three blocks of 12 classrooms, office block and a computer centre at Kadandani Community Secondary School in Rimi Local Government Area of the state by Continental Computers. “In three to six months time, some states will find it difficult to pay salaries due to fall in the price of oil in the market,” he stated in Hausa language.
Some of the state governments are already complaining that the recently settled issue of minimum wage may be revisited following the weakening of the revenue base. Some states are indicating that they would not review the minimum wage downward but they may be forced to retrench to reduce recurrent expenditure within available resources, otherwise the workers would be owed indefinitely.