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Kwara governor approves N30k minimum wage

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has reportedly announced plans to implement the proposed N30,000 minimum wage for workers in the state.

Channels TV reports that the Kwara governor made revealed this on Monday, February 11.

Ahmed also approved the release of funds for the payment of one month salary to workers of the Local Government and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Recall that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the proposed N30,000 new national minimum wage is not enough for Nigerian workers considering current economic realities in the country.

Dogara made the statement on Monday, January 28, at the adhoc committee on the minimum wage public hearing, Vanguard reports.

The speaker said the only way to curb corruption in Nigeria is for the government to pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dogara acknowledged the fact that tensions were extremely high within the entire organised labour as the leaders had rejected the approved N27,000 by the national council of states even before the bill was brought to the House.

“Let me assure the Nigerian workers, that the National Assembly is aware of and shares in your pains, patience and sacrifices as regards the issue of the National Minimum Wage.

“Majority of our members are on your side as you can judge from their contributions to the debate on the bill on the floor of the House last Thursday.

“Armed with these sentiments and taking into cognizance the decision of the tripartite committee that provided the initial ingredients for this bill.

“We should have no difficulty taking a decision that is in the best interest of our workers and the nation.

“We are not oblivious of the current economic downturn and the dwindling revenue of government.

"We cannot also be blind to the fact that all economic indices indicate that even the N30,000 minimum wage labour being asked for is not enough to sustain a small family unit,” he said.

Dogara said that the nation might not have enough to satisfy the minimum demands of the Nigerian worker, but there was need to set economic priorities right and ensure minimum comfort for workers to up productivity.

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He noted that poverty which had become the greatest threat to democracy in the country had manifested itself in vote buying and in the use of money to compromise electoral and security officials during elections.

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