David Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has stated that most states cannot pay the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage to Nigerian workers.

Umahi made this known while inaugurating a committee to ascertain the mode of workers’ promotion and arrears payment.

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The governor stated that the payment of the N30,000 can only be realised if the federation account allocation formula is reviewed to offer more earnings to states.

Umahi said: “The federal government collects 52 per cent of the revenue from the federation account and when I tried to put the N30,000 figure to Local Government Areas (LGA) it means they will borrow N1billion to add to their allocation, in paying salaries.

“I will definitely not be a governor to govern such a state and will never preside over a state that will allocate 100 percent of its earnings to pay salaries.”

The governor called on the government and labour to liaise and decide the percentage of the federation account that should be voted for salaries and other sectors.

He said, “We should determine how much should be allocated to education, health, infrastructure among others if 100 percent of earnings are used to pay workers salaries.

“Many states are experiencing various problems and cannot pay salaries but the people condemn their governments over their inability to provide good roads and other amenities.

“People don’t understand the problems being experienced by these states and the governors have kept quiet for long and need to speak presently.”