Following the recent assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, some state governments have agreed to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage.
The Nation reports that some of these states including Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi and Edo states have agreed to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.
In Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, assured the people of the state that his administration will give priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state.
He also said that it is for this reason that the state government is not owning its workers in Kano.
“We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” Ganduje said.
Also in Zamfara state, the governor through his media aide, Ibrahim Dosara, said the state government under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer.
The governor of Osun state the present administration will await guidelines on payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.
In the same vein, the Kwara state government said it is also prepared for the payment of the new minimum wage.
The senior special assistant to the governor on media and communications Dr Muyideen Akorede said a committee has been set up to work out the modalities and sources of revenue for payment months before the president signed the new into law.
Also, in Kogi state, a similar committee was set up to look into the modalities of making compliance easy, while the Niger state government said it is disposed to paying the new minimum wage
The Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello said the sttae will pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.
Governor Bello's aide on media and publicity, Jide Orintunsin, said the state workforce had a 25 per cent salary increase recently placing the state higher than the former minimum wage.
“Governor Sani Bello, early this year, had assured the state workforce of the new minimum wage at a special session he had with organised labour recently. He is committed to ensuring the welfare of the state workforce," Orintunsin said.
Similarly, in Delta state the chief press secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the Delta State is not going to be an outcast in the payment of the new minimum wage.
The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has also promised to comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law.
Wike through the state's commissioner for information and communications, Emma Okah, said “Rivers state Government will pay whatever is prescribed as the new minimum wage bill.”
Governments of Edo and Cross River state have also said that the states are labour friendly and would conform to the provisions of the new national minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the N30,000 new minimum wage was on Thursday, April 18, finally signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari who said that this is to be implemented immediately.
President Buhari's decisive move invariably means that the signed new minimum wage bill is now a law, which is an upward review of the salaries of all Nigerian civil servants.
According to President Buhari's aide, Bashir Ahmad, the signed bill is to be implemented with immediate effect. The president also said that the law affects all Nigerian workers.
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