Zamfara government to start paying N30000 minimum wage in June as Labour rejects FG’s N57000 offer

The Zamfara State Government has promised to begin the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to its workers in June.

Governor Dauda Lawal stated this during a meeting with the state Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Gusau.

According to him, the decision to implement the payment reflects the state government’s commitment to improving workers’ welfare.

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He said, “Today, I want to announce to the Zamfara State Labour Union leaders that my government will commence payment of the N30,000 minimum wage in June.

“Since assuming office as the governor of Zamfara State, my administration has implemented numerous civil service reforms to ensure workers’ welfare.

“We have achieved the payment of withheld three months salaries of workers, payment of leave grant, and other bonuses.

“My government has paid a total of N4,337,087,490 billion in four batches to state and local government retirees, which have not been paid since 2011.

“We have further plans to improve the efficiency of the civil service in Zamfara. No employee should be concerned about retirement, as we will ensure timely payment of retirement benefits without any delays. We are committed to our rescue mission.”

Recall that former president Muhammadu Buhari had in April, 2019 signed the N30,000 minimum wage into law.

However, as of October 2023, about 15 states, including Zamfara, Benue, Kebbi, Kwara, were yet to implement the minimum wage.

Meanwhile, there the Federal Government and the organized labor which include Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been holding meetings to negotiate a new minimum wage.

At the negotiation meeting on Wednesday, the government offered to pay N57,000 as the new minimum wage, but it was rejected by the labour saying it is too far below the N615,000 demanded.

The labour who had earlier insisted on N615,000 shifted ground and asked for N500,000 as the new minimum wage for workers.

The committee is yet to agree on a new minimum wage just about 10 days before the May 31 deadline the labour unions gave to the government to conclude the negotiations.

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