A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Eze Chukwuemeka has hailed Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for implementing the minimum wage.
Concise News understands that El-Rufai is one of the first governors in the country to start the payment of the new N30, 000 minimum wage approved by the Federal Government.
According to Eze, El-Rufai’s move has placed him in another level of governance in the country.
He, therefore, called on other governors in the country to emulate their Kaduna counterpart.
Furthermore, he called on workers in the state to rally around El-Rufai for the good of all residents of the northern state.
“I must confess that I am motivated and encouraged by Governor El-Rufai’s boldness and urge him, for the benefit, development and emancipation of our people, to organise a seminar on behalf of the remaining 35 state governors of the federation, which if approved I, Eze, am ready to contribute to enable the ‘Peoples’ Governor’ to lecture them on the possible implementation of this policy, even while most of them are owing several months of salaries to their civil servants under the 18,000 minimum salary scale,” he said in a statement.
“I learnt that this was possible following the approval by the State Executive Council sometime in August.
“I, therefore, rejoice with the employees of Kaduna state government who have begun receiving salary alerts for the month of September already, thereby making the state the first to begin implementation in the country.”
Kebbi Begins Implementation
Meanwhile, the Kebbi state government has started the implementation of the new minimum wage following the payment of September 2019 salary.
It was learned that the Secretary to the Kebbi State Government, Babale Umar, had on Monday announced that it will start the payment of the new minimum wage.
He said that: “In line with the signing of the new minimum wage legislation by President Muhammadu Buhari, and cognizance of Kebbi Government’s commitment to workers’ welfare, Governor Atiku Bagudu has graciously approved for the immediate payment of minimum wage of N30,000 to the state civil servants with effect from September 2019.”
According to him, the implementation followed consultation with members of Kebbi State House of Assembly, leaders of labour unions and relevant government agencies.