- Nigerian governors say it is regrettable that state governments have been limited to only paying of salaries while other sectors are not given the same attention
- The chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, explains that governors do not have the money to pay the N65,000 minimum wage which the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is proposing
- Fayemi berates Fayose over mass recruitment of teachers in Ekiti 2 months before expiration of his tenure
Nigerian governors have said they were not elected into office solely for the purpose of paying salaries but also to provide good roads, electricity, education and other necessary amenities.
The governors made the statement under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) when reacting to the clamour on the implementation of a new minimum wage.
The chairman of the NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, said it is regrettable that state governments have been limited to only paying of salaries while other sectors such as health, electricity, education, among others, are not given the same attention, The Cable reports.
He said governors do not have the money to pay the N65,000 minimum wage which the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is proposing.
“We have a committee of six which represented us in discussions in the committee headed by labour minister,” Yari said.
“The committee is yet to give us the final report. When they give us the final report, for which they have our mandate to present our position, and the position most likely is to look at the record of up to 14 years.
“For instance, in global practice, in your income, how much are you spending as salary? So that we can start from there. They have given us interim report, that at the federal government level, over 82 percent is being spent on overhead which cannot move the country forward in terms of infrastructure development and development that we need now.
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“So, on our own part, we are saying we are going to look at how our income are trained from our final account from 14 years ago so that we can come up and stay in the middle.
“I don’t think you people voted us for only to pay salaries. You are looking for good roads, electricity, education and others. So, we can’t do magic. It’s only when we have the funds do all those things.”
Meanwhile, the last minute massive recruitment exercise by the outgoing administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose has been described as a deliberate effort to put obstacles in the way of the in-coming administration of the governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi.
Vanguard reports that no fewer than 600 teachers have been recruited to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) while 400 staff were employed at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and 1000 at the ministry of establishment.
NAIJ.com gathered that a statement by the director of media and publicity in the office of the governor-elect, Wole Olujobi, berated Fayose for embarking on a last minute mass recruitment to deceive the unsuspecting victims and set a booby-trap for the incoming administration.
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