- The Gombe state government says civil servants should earn N28,000 monthly as minimum wage
- The government argues that this recommendation is in line with the current harsh economy
- It also wants the federal government to review the minimum wage every five years
The Gombe state government has reportedly recommended the sum of N28,000 as the new minimum wage to be paid to civil servants across Nigeria in order to meet the current harsh reality of the current financial situation.
Daily Trust reports that the government’s position was made known on Thursday, April 26 by the state head of service and chairman of the minimum wage committee, Alhaji Adamu Haruna Abubakar, at the north-east zonal public hearing organised by the ‘tripartite committee on national minimum wage’.
Abubakar argued that the new minimum wage could only be realised if the federal government reviewed the revenue allocation formula in favour of the states and local government areas.
According to him, the federal government needs to initiate interventions to states so that any approved minimum wage would be conveniently adopted and implemented in the states.
“The federal government should take up payment of differences between the present N18, 000 minimum wage with any new minimum wage to be approved,” he said.
Abubakar said the federal government must seriously enforce price control mechanism on goods and services to stop inflation and arbitrary increase in cost.
The report quoted him as saying the state governments, should, on their part, diversify internally generated revenue, especially within the informal sector of the economy to be able to generate more funds for the provision of infrastructure and also complementing funds received from the federal government for sustainable payment of the minimum wage.
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Another major recommendation of the state committee was the review of the minimum wage after every five years.
“Federal government should encourage states and LGAs to implement the new minimum wage, while those who failed to implement the new wage should be sanctioned appropriately,” Abubakar said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the federal government gave an insight into the composition of the national minimum wage committee and the criteria for selecting members.
It was gathered that the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who was speaking at an interactive session with newsmen in his office, revealed that government has appointed chairman of National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) as committee secretary.
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