Some federal and state civil servants have appealed to the government to increase workers’ salaries to reduce the current hardship.
Recall, recently, the Federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari quietly approved the upward review in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from N165 per litre to N179 per litre.
This came after weeks of petrol scarcity resurfaced across the country as fuel retailers were adopting different price bands to force unofficial deregulation attempts.
The workers, who spoke to the News Agency (NAN) of Nigeria in separate interviews on Friday, July 28, 2022, in Katsina, said the appeal for pay rise became necessary because the prices of goods and transportation had also skyrocketed.
Malam Abdullahi Balarabe, a Federal Government worker in Katsina, said following the hike in fuel price, the prices of goods had also doubled.
Balarabe said what he normally bought for N200 was now being sold for between N300 and N400, adding that this was constituting a serious challenge to low earning civil servants.
He stated, “As you know, despite the increase in the pump price of fuel and the increase in the prices of foodstuffs and other goods, our salaries have remained the same.
“Before the current increase in prices, the salaries of many of us could not even sustain us to the next payday. Some of us spend our salaries on settlement of credit purchases.”
Mr Edwin Michael, who is also a federal civil servant, said he had to park his vehicle and trek to the office because some of the filling stations sold petrol for more than N184 a litre.
He said, “We are appealing to the Federal Government to do everything possible to increase workers’ salaries to cover the deficit in our monthly take-home.
“If I now go to the market with my salary, I don’t think it will be enough for me to buy what I used to buy before the current increase in the prices of goods.”
Also, Malam Adamu Ibrahim, a state civil servant, said the situation was beyond description, adding that only God could intervene.
He stated that his salary as an office assistant could hardly sustain him for a month.
Ibrahim called on the state government to increase the salaries of its workers, especially those in the lower cadres.
A visit by Headlinenews.news Correspondent to the Katsina Central Market showed that traders had increased the prices of foodstuffs and other goods.
A trader, Malam Isma’il Garba, said the increase in the prices of goods was due to the hike in transport fares.