From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin

The Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), welcomes the decision of organised labour in the state to embark on an industrial action over the refusal of the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led administration to implement the new national minimum wage.

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A statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary of the Kwara PDP, Tunde Ashaolu, noted that the State government had no excuse not to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage to workers in the State, adding that some states with lesser resources to Kwara had commenced payment of the new wage.

The party asserts that “Apart from the fact that the new minimum wage has become a law in the country, as it was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, it was also a campaign promise of Governor Abdulrazaq to Kwara workers.

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“The governor must therefore obey the law and fulfil his campaign promise by paying the N30,000 minimum wage to all categories of workers in the State, with no distinction made between state and local government staff. Anything short of this will not be accepted.

“The refusal of Governor Abdulrazaq to approve the implementation of the new national minimum wage and its consequential adjustments, shows how insensitive he is to the plight of workers who are already overwhelmed and overburdened by the prevailing harsh economic conditions. As a result of the current economic realities, the purchasing power of many Nigerians including workers has drastically declined.

“Considering the rising cost of living in the country and in Kwara particularly, with the unending rise in prices of food items and other essential commodities, workers have genuine reason to demand pay rise. We therefore want the State Government to consider the plight of the workers by urgently commencing the implementation of the new minimum wage.

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“Our party insists that the State Government has no excuse not to pay the new minimum wage to all categories of workers in the State, especially when it has been receiving improved allocations from the federal government. Aside the State’s internally generated revenue (IGR), the State Government since the inception of this present administration been receiving an average of N4billion monthly as federal allocation, which is way higher than what the immediate past administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was receiving. The excuse of ‘no money’ is therefore not tenable.

“The Kwara PDP stands in solidarity with workers in the State who have continued to work for the betterment and development of the State, despite the challenges they are facing. We also commend labour leaders in the State for their uncompromising stand on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage in Kwara and for not betraying the confidence reposed in them by their colleagues.”

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