10 December 2018

Nigeria: Minimum Wage - Kano NLC Tasks Governors On Cost of Governance

Kano — The Chairman, Kano state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir has urged state governors to reduce unnecessary spending to reduce cost of governance and stop lamenting about the proposed N30,000 new national minimum wage.

Speaking while inaugurating the NLC executives for the 44 local government areas of the state recently, Comrade Minjibir appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his executive powers and over-rule "the non progressive governors to pass the tripartite committee recommendation to the legislature for action."

He faulted the claims by some state governors that they will not be able to pay N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage to their workers, blaming their reckless spending on governance and extravagant lifestyle as their major problem.

He said N30, 000 is not a living wage for a Nigerian worker given the prevailing economic situation, appealing to the president to use his prerogative powers to bring to an end the lingering crises. He however commended Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state over his expressed willingness to pay N30, 600 as new minimum wage to the workers in the state.

Governor Ganduje who was represented by the state's Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Auwal Mohammed Na'iya while congratulating the new executives, promised to continue to work in harmony with the labour oragnisations in the state for the benefit of the workers.

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