Barely 24 hours to the supplementary elections in Benue,Kano and other states.. Some social media users has once again brought out a comment made by Governor Samuel Ortom where he told workers he wont be able to pay workers the new minimum wage except Federal Government review the revenue sharing formula..
Recall, Ortom is still owing workers salaries across ministries ranging from 6,7 and 13 months respectively.
In the post shared by NAN on the 9th of February 2019, the Benue governor stated that if he had the capacity, he would pay the state workers above N30,000 as minimum wage.
Mr Ortom, made the statement while he was addressing members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) who staged a peaceful protest to express their grievances over the delay in the implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
The governor, who sympathized with the workers, said the state cannot afford to pay the new wage.
He, however, stated that the present N18,000 minimum wage was no longer enough due to the economic situation.
“If I have the capacity, I will not hesitate to implement the new minimum wage even above N30,000,” he said.
He disclosed that governors had appealed to the federal government to review the revenue sharing formula to enable them pay the proposed national minimum wage.
”I have prioritized payment of workers’ salaries and this is exactly what my administration is doing,” he said.
All this statement ,the governor made before the final passing into law of the 30,000 minimum wage by both NASS and Senate.