Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 July 2011

Nigeria: Suswam - I Can't Pay Minimum Wage

Makurdi — Governor Gabriel Suswam has said that the implementation of the N18,000 new minimum wage would only be possible in Benue State only if the federal government would remove subsidy or review upwards the federation allocation in favour of the state.

Speaking at the Businessmen Fellowship breakfast at Government House Makurdi yesterday, Governor Suswam Pointed out that it will cost the state Government about N4Billion to implement the policy, a situation he noted was not possible.

He explained that even though his administration was disposed to payment of the new salary structure, the N2 Billion federal allocation currently being received by the state has placed him at a difficult position and called on workers to wait for things to improve.

The Governor who called on the church to pray for the opposition to stop detracting his administration said distribution of fertilizer to Benue farmers will start within the week saying he will use his personal resources to construct forty five bedroom female hostels at the Benue State University, Makurdi to ease accommodation problem there.

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