Governor AbdulRazaq Pledges Commitment to Implementing New National Minimum Wage

Date: 2024-06-18

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, pledged on Monday that the state would not lag behind in implementing the new national minimum wage in the country, according to a news report from Punch.

Organised Labour is in an ongoing dispute with both the federal and state governments over the new minimum wage. While the states are hesitant on N57,000, the Federal Government’s negotiation team has set discussions at N62,000 and submitted its report to President Bola Tinubu.

However, labour unions have insisted that the President must not send the N62,000 recommendation to the National Assembly, as they would not accept anything below N250,000, given the current economic situation in the country.

Speaking while hosting the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, at the annual Bareke in Ilorin, on Monday, AbdulRazaq, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said the state remained committed to the new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustments for higher cadres.

“A new national minimum wage is already in the works, along with the consequential adjustments for higher cadres. Kwara will not be left behind in this very important conversation,” he said.

AbdulRazaq said he was executing various infrastructural projects, agricultural programmes, and economic initiatives to improve the standing of the state.

“This Sallah and before it, we have committed a lot of resources to support vulnerable households and many others across social strata. For sustainable growth and job creation, we are executing various infrastructural projects, agricultural programmes, and economic initiatives to improve the standing of our state,” he said.

The governor also assured Nigerians of brighter days ahead, following the ongoing reforms embarked upon by Tinubu.

He, therefore, solicited continued support for Tinubu’s administration, saying that the reforms would refocus the economy and achieve long-term sustainable growth for Nigeria.

“The last year has been a period of determined economic reforms. These reforms are meant to refocus our economy and achieve long-term sustainable growth for our country,” he said.

“We acknowledge how the reforms have affected the purchasing powers of our people. We plead for patience, support, and understanding while different initiatives are designed to bring lasting ease to all.

“As Allah says, ease is certain to follow a period of difficulties. There is hope on the horizon,” he said.

The governor applauded the Emir for his support for the administration and for turning the Ilorin Durbar into a national attraction.

“Tomorrow is Durbar in Ilorin, just as we have some other sociocultural activities in different parts of our state. We thank our communities for reviving our culture. Your Royal Highness stands tall in this regard for how the Durbar is turning out to be a national attraction.

“I am glad that we have an environment that allows our culture to thrive. I urge our people to be peaceful and orderly as they troop out for these colourful cultural events, which are our heritage.

“I have approved that the Durbar be streamed live on Kwara TV and Radio Kwara (Midland FM and Kakaki FM), including their online platforms, so that everyone can see the beauty of this cultural event,” he said.

Accompanied by a retinue of titleholders and community leaders, the Emir commended the governor for his investments in human and infrastructural development of the state.

“I am proud of your political progression in the state and Nigeria, and I am delighted with your remarkable achievements in different sectors. I must say for your achievements, it is ‘res ipsa loquitur’.

“The impacts of the governor could be felt in all spheres of development. In the governor’s presence, I prayed to God to grant his second term ambition, because he did excellently well in the first tenure, and God answered the prayer.

“You hardly sit in your office due to your commitments towards transforming the state. I am always proud of you, and Kwarans are proud of you. Kwara is witnessing development under your leadership.


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