Minimum Wage: ‘There Is No Way I Can Print Money’, Gombe Gov Laments

Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya, has decried the inability of his administration to pay the N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state.

The governor who was interviewed during Channels Television’s News Night said there is no way he can mint money in a bid to meet the workers’ needs.

“The situation is like everywhere else. Our own is terribly worse because as a state, if you check through the revenue table, Gombe is virtually second to the last.

“I think we only top Nasarawa and Ekiti or we go virtually at the same level. There’s no way I can just print money and come and give to the people,” he said.

Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya, has decried the inability of his administration to pay the N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state.

The governor claimed that previous administrations, especially the last government did not care about the minimum wage.

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Yahaya who accused ex-governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of embarking on elephant projects said his predecessor did not focus on issues that affected the people of the state positively.

“His concern was not more on the human capital but on flimsy white elephant projects that are not really touching the people.

“The former governor and the government were clueless because they did not focus on real issues that were touching the people,” he stated.

Speaking on revenue, the governor revealed that the state generates N300million monthly, adding that it relies on the Federal Government for monthly allocation.

He, however, blamed bad governance and poor practices as the major cause of poorly generated Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Imo Govt Approves N30,000 For Least Paid Workers

A file photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Imo State government has approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for the least paid workers in the State Public Service.

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma, Oguwike Nwachuku, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He explained that civil servants captured were those on the Grade level 1 Step 1.

“Consequential adjustments on other levels will be implemented as soon as the ongoing government-labour negotiations are concluded,” Nwachuku said.

He added, “It would be recalled that at a recent meeting Governor Uzodinma had with labour leaders in the state, he promised that he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage if all the negotiations with them are concluded.”

Minimum Wage: Rivers Govt Threatened To ‘Deal With Us’, NLC Claims

A file photo of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Rivers has accused the state government of threatening it over the implementation of the new minimum wage.

NLC Chairperson in the state, Beatrice Itubo, made the allegation in an interview with Channels Television on Monday.

This comes a day after government officials with the Bureau for Special Projects sealed the NLC Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Itubo said, “Our secretariat was sealed about 9pm yesterday (Sunday), arising from the fact that we asked the state government to reconvene a meeting of the Minimum Wage (Implementation) Committee.”

“…That was what triggered them and the next thing, the Commissioner for Information went on air, saying that we have been bought over by politicians from Abuja and they will deal with us, we will face dare consequences.

“The same evening by 9pm, they came and sealed the secretariat,” she added.

A file photo of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

According to the NLC leader in Rivers, the government did not consult the labour leaders before taking the final decision that led to the implementation of the minimum wage.

Although she did not state the specific amount that was implemented, she decried that the labour union had no explanation for its members on the purported irregularities notice in the payment of salaries.

Rather than going back to the discussion table, Itubo alleged that the government threatened to punish the union.

She said, “They (the government) went and implemented a minimum wage that we never signed, that we didn’t agree and at the end of the day, workers are complaining that what they paid was nothing because people on the same salary grade level are earning different salaries.

“So, we asked them to reconvene so that we can come up and agree on something so that we can be able to explain to our members when we are asked.”

Meanwhile, the government denied the claims that the secretariat was sealed as a result of the implementation of the minimum wage.

The Head Bureau for Special Projects and Special Adviser to the governor (Special Projects), Alabo George-Kelly, described the allegations as frivolous.

He stressed that they were not true but calculated attempts aimed at misleading the public against the genuine intentions of the government.

Yobe Governor Approves Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, signs a document at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.

 

 

The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has approved the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state.

He announced this at an event held on Thursday at the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

Governor Buni noted that the state government would commence the payment of the new minimum wage to the workers in January 2020.

“We are determined to revitalise the civil service through good remunerations and emoluments for better results.

“As I am talking to you, we are ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage effective from January 2020,” he said.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, attends the inauguration of some permanent secretaries held at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.

 

The governor spoke at the swearing-in of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Baba Mallam Wali, and seven permanent secretaries.

Governor Buni had on Monday set up an 11-man committee to work out modalities to ensure that the new minimum wage was paid to workers.

At Thursday’s event, he also received the report of the committees on agriculture and education inaugurated to revitalise the sectors.

Yobe Govt Constitutes Minimum Wage Implementation Committee

File photo: Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has constituted a committee for the implementation of the N30, 000 new minimum wage for workers in the state.

The committee chaired by the Acting Head of Service, Muhammad B. Nura will work out modalities for the new salary increment.

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Other members of the committee include representatives drawn from Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, and some ministries.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Establishment in the office of the Head of Service will serve as the Secretary.

Dickson Approves New Minimum Wage For Bayelsa Workers

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved the payment of the 30,000 Naira New National Minimum wage to workers in the State from January.

The Governor, who gave the approval during a meeting with the Leadership of organised labour in Government House Yenagoa that ended Friday night, also directed the State’s financial team to follow through the template set by the National wages and commission, in implementing the New salary structure.

According to the Governor, there was nothing too much to be paid to workers in view of their contributions to national development.

Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a new minimum wage into law. But the federal government and organised labour have struggled to agree on the implementation of the N30,000 limit across the board.

“Our state cannot be left out,” Dickson said. “What is good for the goose is good for the gander. There is nothing we pay to our hard-working workforce that is too much.”

The Head of Service, Biobelemoye Onyeama, also assured that the modalities for the implementation would be concluded for effective payment from this January.

“It has been approved,” she said. “We are going to work out the details.”

The organised labour, represented by Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Bayelsa Chapter, John Ndiomu, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting.

He added that issues of arrears arising from the new payment would be addressed by the incoming Government.

The Dickson administration is set to leave office in February.

Delta Workers To Receive New Minimum Wage From January

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Delta State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who is the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee disclosed this on Friday after signing the minimum wage documents on behalf of the state government.

Ebie said the implementation of the minimum wage would commence from November 1, 2019.

He added that the state government would commence payment from January and pay the arrears of the new minimum wage with the January and February salaries.

The SSG gave an assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.

According to him, the governor is passionate about workers’ wellbeing and enjoins the state workforce to reciprocate the government gesture by redoubling their commitment to their duties.

Ebie thanked both the government and the labour teams for their resilience in making the outcome of the negotiations fruitful.

In his response, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Delta, Goodluck Ofobruku, commended the state government for its transparency towards the smooth conclusion of the negotiation exercise.

No Worker In Oyo State Will Earn Below N30,000 Minimum Wage – Makinde

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says no staff in the State’s workforce would earn below the N30,000 national minimum wage.

Makinde said implementation of the minimum wage would commence as soon as the Committee set up by his government to look into the modalities for the implementation of the wage completes its assignment.

The Governor who gave this assurance on Wednesday during the 2020 inter-religious service. He noted that he was looking forward to a decision that would be agreeable to the civil servants as well as affordable and sustainable for the State government.

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“On the new minimum wage, the committee has been set up, they are working and moving towards alignment but I promise you that this administration and the workers of Oyo State are on the same page on this ongoing negotiation.

“When it is concluded, I give you the assurance that we shall stand side-by-side to announce to the whole world what we have agreed.

“Whatever we will agree upon is going to be in the interest of the workers and our state. First, our collective decision will be agreeable to everybody. Second, it will be affordable. Third, it will be sustainable.

“Before this administration came into place on May 29, the government was paying percentages as subvention to the higher institutions. Just a month before the previous administration left, they moved it to 100 percent and we have been paying it since we came in. I know that they do have an agreement in some states and will still breach the agreement. But, here, once we sign that agreement, we will pay it.

“We won’t pay in percentages and I want to also state categorically that no worker in Oyo State will earn below the national minimum wage,” Makinde said.

The service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Amidat Ololade Agboola, other cabinet members and civil servants.

The HoS in her address commended Governor Makinde for giving the approval for the reinstatement of some officers in the civil/public service who were unjustly dismissed by the last administration among other approved welfare packages.

In his speech, Governor Makinde maintained that though the administration was less than a year in office, it has causes to be thankful to God, because it has continued to enjoy tremendous goodwill.

Governor Makinde also commiserated with victims of fire incidents across the State. He warned civil servants and to work towards preventing fire disasters by setting smart goals and planning adequately in the New Year.

States Have No Reason Not To Pay Minimum Wage, Says NLC

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) says state governments do not have any reason not to pay the N30,000 minimum wage.

According to the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, the wage is now binding on all states following President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent.

Wabba disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday. He added that 10 states have completed the process of negotiating with the Nigerian workers in their domain.

“Let us also not lose sight of the fact that from the day the President assented to the bill, it becomes a law. So, therefore, states have no reason not to respect a law that had been enacted,” he said.

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NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, says the minimum wage is now binding on all states following the President’s assent.

Speaking further he listed the states that have respected the deadline given to them on the payment of the minimum wage to be: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos and Ebonyi.

“We have those (states) that are still on the table and they have until yesterday (January 5) to complete the process. This constitutes about 23 states that are on the discussion table.

“We have seen commitments. We insist on the process of collective bargaining because we don’t want an allocation of pedants to workers.

“The issue of bargaining is enshrined in international law that workers should be able to know what they will be paid because the N30,000 is already a law. What we are discussing is the consequential adjustment,” he stated.

President Buhari had in April 2019 signed the Minimum Wage Repeal And Re-Enactment Act, 2019, aimed at boosting the morale of the Nigerian workers.

While asking them to understand the current economic situation facing the nation, the President said he expects the workers and the NLC to show more commitment to work.

Katsina State Workers To Start Enjoying New Minimum Wage From January 2020

 

Katsina State workers are to start enjoying the new national minimum wage from today January 2020.

The Chairman of the State Committee on New Minimum Wage and Secretary to the Government of the State Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa announced this on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina on the agreement reached between the state Government and NLC in the State.

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The state NLC chairman, Comrade Hussaini Hamisu in his address appreciated the Government’s team for being transparent during the negotiations which according to him made their work easier.

Both sides signed the agreement alongside the table adjustments of the workers’ salaries.

New UK Government Raises Minimum Wage

Britain’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson speaks during a campaign event to celebrate the result of the General Election, in central London on December 13, 2019.  DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

Britain’s minimum wage is to increase by more than four times the rate of UK inflation from next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced Tuesday.

A 6.2-percent increase from April takes the so-called national living wage for workers aged 25 and over from £8.21 to a minimum £8.72 ($10.79 to $11.52, 9.63 euros to 10.27 euros).

Johnson, whose Conservative party’s recent general election victory came with support from economically struggling pro-Brexit areas, said it was the biggest increase since 2016.

The new government said almost three million people would benefit from the increase.

UK annual inflation stands at 1.5 percent, with consumers’ purchasing power under pressure from higher import prices following the EU referendum in 2016, which has weighed on the pound.

Johnson has been advised to repay the trust of voters in more disadvantaged areas, particularly in northern England, after he secured the Conservatives biggest majority since the 1980s.

The December 12 vote saw swathes of working class, traditionally left-wing Labour-supporting places, switch to the right-wing Tories because of Brexit.

During the election campaign, Johnson pledged more investment to reverse nearly 10 years of austerity measures under his predecessors.

But the British Chambers of Commerce said above-inflation pay increases came at a difficult time for hard-pressed businesses amid economic uncertainty.

“Raising wage floors will pile further pressure on cashflow and eat into training and investment budgets,” said the trade body’s co-executive director Hannah Essex.

“For this policy to be sustainable, government must offset these costs by reducing others and impose a moratorium on any further upfront costs for business.”

AFP

 

Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Calls Off Warning Strike In Ogun

 

The organised labour in Ogun state has called off its proposed warning strike, scheduled to hold between Thursday, 19th and Friday, 20th of December, 2019.

The decision was arrived at after a meeting between the State Government and representatives of the labour unions in the state.

Both parties resolved to commence formal negotiations on the new minimum wage consequential adjustment of salaries.

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Commending the government on its decision to start negotiation on the new minimum wage the chairman of Trade Union Congress Olubunmi Fajobi said it was a step in the right direction.

Fajobi said that the meeting was an all-encompassing meeting aimed at addressing all outstanding issues in the service, with emphasis on the constitution of the negotiating committee.

The chairman called on civil and public servants in the state to return back to their respective duty posts as the proposed warning strike would no longer hold.

Since negotiation is starting on Friday it was natural for the organized labour to call off the strike in the spirit of collective bargaining”, he said.

“No need for it again, absolutely no, because we have commenced discussion and in the spirit of collective bargaining; it is just natural that both sides will sheath the sword.”

“It is on this basis, that the announced warning strike will not go ahead. Our colleagues in public service should go about their normal duties. Each and every one of them should just ensure they return to their desk, continue their duties and they are assured that the organized labour is up and doing to address all issues in the service, particularly the new minimum wage,” he concluded.

Responding on behalf of the state government, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi said that the Dapo Abiodun-led government was poised to ensuring that the welfare of workers continued to be on the front burner.

“We’ll look into it”, he said.

He called on the organized labour to nominate a team from their side, so as to ensure the commencement of negotiations on Friday.

The secretary to the state government added that issues on welfare matters and other issues between the state government and the organized labour would be looked into.

He promised that the state government would continue to show commitment to the welfare of workers.

Talabi while tasking the organized labour to come up with the names of members of the organized labour that would make up the negotiating committee, charged prospective members of the negotiating committee to have the maturity of mind and also ensure that they are not rigid.