The Kwara state Organized Labour has berated Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq over his adamant to approve the payment of N30,000 minimum Wage in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the kwara state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Issa Aliyu Ore and his counterpart of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Joseph Tunde, also the state Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council, Com. Salihu Otunba and made available to FactualTimes on Thursday.
They also rejected any attempt to smuggle into the discussion table presented at the Head of Service office that was not agreed on the labour side on payment of little amount on the consolidated adjustment for Grade 7 and above in the state and will not be accepted by the movement.
The Labour Unions stated that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration is displaying non challant attitude towards implementation of new minimum wage despite the stable flow of federal allocation and internally generated revenue in the state.
The statement read in part: ” We are worried concerning the insincerity of kwara state government as regards the payment of minimum wage for workers.
”The kwara state government despite inauguration of the minimum wage committee since December, 2019 shortly after the federal government approval had failed to actualize it’s implementation in the state.
According to the statement about 94 percent of states in the federation have overcome the minimum wage issue and even introduced other welfare packages for their workers for efficient service delivery.
”It is worrisome that the government has show nonchalant attitude despite the stable flow of federal allocation and internally generated revenue in the state.
” It’s sad to note that a year into the deliberation with the state government on approving the minimum wage to cushion the bad effect of Covid 19 relief to workers yet to no sight. It’s regrettable that the government took the organised labour to Court for trivia issue that can be amicably resolved within the internal mechanism.”
The statement further called workers to pray fervently against forces that is preventing the Governor from assenting the realization of the minimum wage in the state.