Thursday, July 28, 2011

I’ll obey minimum wage law –Zamfara gov

Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara State has made a u-turn on minimum wage, promising to obey the new Wage Act.

Speaking in an interview in Gusau on Tuesday, the governor said he was ready to pay the minimum wage, saying, “it is a law which I have to comply.”
Though Governor Yari was not specific on when he would start paying the new wage, it was a welcome news to civil servants in the state.

 Daily Sun further gathered that the governor was not also specific on whether he would downsize the workforce in the state.

According to him, he was a law-abiding citizen therefore he must obey the law and pay the N18,000 minimum wage to improve the welfare of civil servants in the state.
He advised workers to be dedicated to their duties as government would also in turn expect them to reciprocate the gesture of dedication to work.
However, Governor Yari  said, “let people be sincere to themselves that no state in the North can implement N18,000 minimum wage.”

He revealed that unlike Lagos State that generates about N23 billion internal revenue monthly, Zamfara State generates only N120 million.
He said he inherited about 28,000 workforce, noting that by the time he multiplied N18,000 by the number of workers in Zamfara the payment would rise to N3 billion, while the total income of the state was between N2.3 billion to N2.5 billion.


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