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We Cannot Afford To Pay Minimum Wage For March Says Kano State Government

 

The Kano State Government has disclosed that it may not be able to pay the consolidated wages to its workers for the month of March, following a drastic drop in the state’s allocation.

A statement by the State’s Information Commissioner, Mal. Muhammad Garba, obtained by the FidelinfoNews indicated that the state government received a total allocation of N12, 400, 000, 000 billion from the federation account, out of which the state collected N6, 100, 000, 000, 000 billion, while the 44 local governments collected the sum of N6, 300, 000, 000 billion.

The Commissioner noted that the measure is a temporary one, as it has never dithered in payment of workers salaries since its inception, and similar measure was adopted in November/December last year, but with the present financial situation, it would be difficult to implement the consolidated salary for March.

The Commissioner recalled that the state government had an understanding with the state’s unions in May 2020, that it would pay workers salaries based on percentage of total disbursement received, and therefore urged the organized labor to shelve its proposed strike, as it would not solve any problems.

He also added that the state workforce would continue to receive the new package when situation improves, as the state was among the first states to agree to implementation of the minimum wage, which should be considered by the organized labour.

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