“All we’re interested in is the passage of the new minimum wage bill into law. We are not quarreling with them. What we want is for the president to send a bill to the National Assembly for ratification. When this is done, let us now see a governor that will not pay.”
He said Labour was happy that it coincided with the election year, noting that labour would make good use of the opportunity.
“We are going to use it as part of our campaign strategy; if you can’t pay minimum wage, then forget election.”
Salako said Labour had equally advised the governors that rather than running to President Buhari, any of them that feels he cannot pay, should go back to their state and inform the workers there.
“If they are bold enough let them go and address their workers and face the consequence thereafter.”
He said the campaign that they could not pay until the sharing of allocation is redressed has been on since last week, hence it was not new to the workers.
Similarly, Kwara State TUC chairman, Kolawole Olumoh, charged governors to cut down their expenses on political appointees and others.
He alleged that most governors appointed special assistants or advisers that were not relevant to governance in their various states.
“It is surprising that the governors could renege on their initial agreement at the tripartite meeting where it was agreed that they would pay the N30,000 minimum wage or,” he said. Governors had last week resolved to present another formula to address the issue of minimum wage to President Buhari.
Present at the parley were chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz, Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Udom
Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Yari had told newsmen at the last emergency meeting that it was impracticable to implement the N30,000 minimum wage without downsizing the workforce all over the country.
He added that the resolution was either for the Federal Government to accede to the review of the national revenue allocation formula or mass sack. Meanwhile, Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Suleiman Zakari Kazaure has said any upward review of allowances of corps members will have to wait until the Federal Government approved the proposed national minimum wage.
“The NYSC is part of Federal Government parastatals. So, we are still waiting for the minimum wage. I am sure whatever is approved will definitely affect NYSC,” Kazuare said on Monday during the commencement of the orientation programme and swearing-in of the 2018 Batch “C” Stream Two corps members deployed to Katsina State.
He urged the corps members to resist any financial inducement from politicians more so as some of them will serve as adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.