The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has vowed that there would be “no shaking” in the payment of N30, 000 Minimum Wage to civil servants in the state.
The governor, who made the avowal during the May Day celebration on Wednesday, said, despite lean resources, his administration had concluded all arrangements to implement the new salary structure for its workers.
While noting that there must be a symbiotic relationship between the government and workers to move the state forward, Mr Ganduje warned the civil servants against any act of truancy and insubordination.
“The issue of minimum wage, we know we were in a difficult situation, but you too you are in a very difficult situation. We know there is no money in the hand of government, we know you too are hungry.
“We know you are disturbed and we know you are worried and we know you are destabilised and we know you are not in a healthy position as far as the present salary scale is concerned.
“Therefore, I assure you, we can pay the minimum wage as signed by Mr. President. We only appeal to you during the negotiation, there should be fairness and there should be a practical look into the issue. But we assure you that the issue of N30,000 minimum wage in Kano State is a done deal,” he said.
Mr Ganduje continued: “Ladies and gentlemen, we would like you to put in your best. What we are looking for is a symbiotic relationship between the government and the workers, between employers and employees.
“What we are running away from is, we do not want a relationship to be a parasitic relationship, where workers are working and with no pay and we do not want a relationship where workers are being paid salary and allowances but are not coming to work and not given their best.
“And we don’t a situation where workers are sitting down redundantly, that is another parasitic relationship and we will not accept this kind of relationship,” he warned.
Earlier, the state chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ado Minjibir, commended the state governor for taking giant strides in making sure that the state civil servants were getting their salaries as at when due.
He, therefore, urged the state government to sustain the tempo, calling on the government to assist workers to excel in their respective working places.