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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

BREAKING: Zamfara governor bows to pressure, agrees to start paying N30,000 minimum wage to workers

The Zamfara government under Bello Matawalle has bowed to pressure as it approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for the state’s civil servants.

This is contained in a statement on Wednesday by Babangida Umar, a spokesperson for Deputy Governor Hassan Nasiha.

Mr Nasiha disclosed the development while receiving the agreement and copies of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the government and trade unions in the state.

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The deputy governor expressed satisfaction with the maturity and understanding demonstrated by the labour unions during the negotiation and engagement with government officials.

”Their understanding led to the amicable resolutions to implement the N30,000 minimum wage in November. The current economic situation and the lingering security challenges are among factors the government considered before agreeing to implement the new wage,” he said.

He commended the Bashir Yuguda-led committee that represented the government in reaching an amicable resolution with the trade unions.

The labour unions, represented by Sani Halilu, NLC chairman in the state, thanked the state government for accepting to implement the new wage for workers.

He commended the workers for supporting the unions during the struggle for wage increases.

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Recall that President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on April 18, 2019, signed the new minimum wage of N30,000 into law, and states and federal governments were expected to comply with the new constitutional provision.

The minimum wage was N18,000 before the new law. While some states complied, some others have yet to implement it, subjecting their workers to hardship.

The inflation rate in the country has mostly been on a steady rise in the last couple of years and it spiked to 20.52 percent in August, being the highest rate in the last 17 years.

This and the consequential rise in the cost of food items and all products in the market and the poor state of the economy had inflicted enormous hardship on many Nigerians and plunged some into poverty.

Meanwhile, while Zamfara state government has agreed to pay the minimum wage to its workers, there are still four states which are yet to implement it.

According to reports, these states are; Taraba State, Ebonyi and Cross River.

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