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- Published: 04 February 2020
The Kwara Government has appealed to the labour unions in the state to reconsider its stand on the 14-day ultimatum given to government to commence payment of the minimum wage.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, in a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday said government has made fact-based presentations to the labour unions on what it can afford without going to borrow to pay salary.
“The proposal includes that no worker will earn below the N30,000 minimum wage enacted by the Minimum Wage Act.
“We also made suggestions on the consequential adjustments as they affect the other cadres.
“Our initial proposal to the labour, which they have rejected, means that Kwara will now spend 85 per cent of its allocation on public sector workers alone, up from the current 75 per cent.
“While well over 3.450 million Kwarans will struggle with the remaining 15 per cent. This is very scary and hardly sustainable if we want to develop.
“We will continue to appeal to labour union leaders to temper their demands with the financial realities of the state which they are privy to,” Ajakaye said.
Ajakaye said the state government would soon make a new offer to the labour leaders based on the emerging realities of the state.
“It is important to note that the 2020 budget had been predicated on $57 per barrel of crude oil.
“But today the price of crude oil has fallen to $54 and that means the financial projection of the country and indeed the state has been seriously altered.
“Nonetheless, we believe that the labour union leaders and indeed the entire work force are patriotic citizens who fully appreciate the peculiar situation of Kwara at the moment.
“We urge the workers’ unions to kindly see reasons why we cannot afford to go borrowing to pay salary in the face of yawning infrastructural deficits and underdevelopment,” the spokesman said.