Jigawa Gov’t Calls for Maximum Productivity, Prepares to Pay Minimum Wage

  • Badaru calls for maximum productivity.
  • NLC Makes nine requests.

The Jigawa State Government has urged civil servants in the state to ensure maximum productivity as it planned to pay the N30,000 minimum wage.

The Governor, Muhammad Badaru made the call during his remark in Dutse, the state capital as the state marked the 2019 Workers’ Day on Wednesday.

Represented by the deputy governor, Ibrahim Hassan, who said: “To whom much is given, much is expected”, Badaru assured them that the state had concluded arrangements to pay the N30,000 minimum wage.

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Recalling that he was one of the governors that had promised to pay minimum wage since December 2018, Badaru pointed that the 2019 budget contained the provision of the minimum wage.

“All we are waiting for is the various committees working towards the implementation of the minimum wage to finish their work before we begin the payment. Therefore, I call on the NLC to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that its members work diligently so that we get a maximum productive from civil service in the state,” Badaru said.

In his earlier remark, the NLC Chairman in the state, Sanusi Alhassan, made nine requests from the state government to ensure the well-being and welfare of civil servants in the state.

The requests made include accommodation, education, pension, health, mines, legislature, agriculture, fuel, electricity and tax, as well as payment of 2019 Leave Grant for civil servant.

While thanking the state government for reposing its confidence in the NLC, Alhassan assured that no effort would be spared on its part to ensure that the interests of workers in the state were fully served.

“This administration has been kind to state workers. When the country was groaning under the pressure of recession, you put us first.

“When states with bigger revenue base were struggling to pay their workers salary, you suspended everything until our monthly salaries were paid. When other states were considering retrenchment, you employed more workers in health and education sectors.

“And when other states were dragging their feet in negotiating the N30, 000 minimum wage, you announced that you will be among the first states to pay the agreed sum,” Alhassan said.

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The chairman, therefore, assured the government of the workers’ commitment to continue to put in their best efforts in their various places of work.

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