Kano, Katsina and Bauchi states yesterday announced they had approved payment of the new minimum wage. Other states that have declared willingness to pay are Kaduna, Borno, Kebbi, Adamawa, Jigawa and Lagos.In a statement, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said that the government workers had started receiving the consolidated wages from December 2019.
According to him, the payment was to fulfil Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s earlier assurance to increase the restructured workers wage by N600.Garba, who promised that the government would settle arrears of Apri to November, 2019 on installments bases, said an agreement to that effect had already been reached with the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC).He appealed to civil servants to reciprocate the gesture by dedicating themselves to their duties so as to improve service delivery. He also enjoined the workers, particularly those in the revenue generating entities, to make extra effort by ensuring that taxable individuals and corporate bodies always pay their dues so that government will continue its laudable development programmes for the teeming populace.
In Katsina State, the workers are to begin receiving the N30, 000 new minimum wage from this month, with a backlog of arrears to be paid when other states commence payment.The agreement was reached during negotiations between representatives of government and those of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which dragged for days with both sides refusing to shift ground. But the Joint Committee for the Implementation of New Minimum Wage, which represented the NLC, and the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JPSNC), which represented the government, ended the negotiation with the agreement in the wee hours of the New Year.