- Governor Masari of Katsina state said he cannot conclude yet if he would be able to pay N30,000 minimum wage
- The Katsina state governor said this Tune at the rally to mark Workers’ Day in the state
- Masari, however, said his government has always made the welfare of workers a top priority
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state on Wednesday, May 1 said he could not conclude whether or not he would pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
Governor Masari, represented by the Head of Service Idris Tune at the rally to mark Workers’ Day in Katsina, said his government would meet with the labour union on the issue, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “This is a process. We cannot conclude that we are going to pay N30,000 minimum wage. We are going to dialogue with the labour leaders and arrive at a conclusion that is realistic to the Katsina state government and the welfare of the workers.”
He, however, said his government makes the welfare of workers its top priority.
“We have never wavered in catering for the welfare of workers, so the issue of minimum wage cannot be an exception also,” he said.
NLC chairman, Hussaini Hamisu, urged workers to remain calm as the union engaged the state government on the new minimum wage. He lamented that insecurity in the state was at an alarming rate, asking workers to intensify prayers. He also implored the government to develop more strategies to address insecurity in the state.
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In a related development, the Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has also said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makinde said the federal governments should have allowed states to negotiate the new minimum wage for their workers as the condition of living varies from state to state.
Makinde told reporters in Abuja after attending the induction programme for returning and newly elected governors that he intends to negotiate with the Oyo state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) because the state could not afford to pay the amount.
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