By Ahmed Tukur
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has promised to commence the process for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage in the state.
Mr Sule made the pledge while declaring open, a two-day retreat for political appointees in the state.
While noting that minimum wage is a law that should be obeyed, the governor promised to engage organised labour in a heart-to-heart discussion to ensure peaceful resolution.
He said, now that agreement were reached on the consequential adjustment on workers from grade levels 7-17, the state would soon commence the process for implementation.
He noted that he has sworn to obey the law as a governor, adding that the N30,000 minimum wage is a law in the country today and as leaders they are supposed to obey it.
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He explained that the law did not say that every civil servant should get over 60 percent increment in his present salary, like those who were hitherto collecting less than N30,000.
“We would engage the organised labour in the state on the consequential adjustment for level 7-17 civil servants as soon as we get the temple from the relevant organs of the Federal Government.
“But the adjustment would be determined by our allocation from the federation accounts and accrual from the internally generated revenue (IGR).
“We would be very open to the unions and the general public in our transaction so that together we would agree on the adjustment based on our financial capacity,” the governor stated.
He explained that transparency in the affairs of government would be his topmost priority, stressing that, that was the only way the state could get credibility in the committee of states.
Mr Sule, therefore, assured the people of the state his resolve to deliver on his campaign promises, saying that the promises were meant to be fulfilled and not just as slogans.