Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar has stood his ground about reducing the minimum wage. The Governor promised civil servants in the state that his government would work hard to make sure that it continues to pay the N18,000 minimum wage. He made this promise yesterday at a meeting with permanent secretaries, directors from all ministries and agencies in the state. The governor also explained the reason for the the cut in overhead and running costs, saying that it was not done to reduce the quality of service but to adjust to the present economic crisis of Nigeria.
In the words of the Governor,
“We are all aware of the shortfall of federal allocation due to the sharp reduction of oil price, and according to international economic analysts, the bad days for oil price may last long, up to next two years, so we must put a measure”.
Meanwhile, rumors of cutting down minimum wage or opting for a downsize has been making the rounds in the past few weeks. Based on what the chairman of the body of governors has revealed, Nigerian governors will eventually cut down the federal minimum wage of N18,000 or shed off staff due to the situation of the economy.
The chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari disclosed that despite public criticisms of the plan, it would not be economically possible to maintain the same workforce and pay same amount of money.
According to him, funds allocated from the Federation Account could no longer sustain the expenses of the state as the internally generated revenue was still below par in some states.
While the governors of Rivers and Edo rejected the new development, some other Governors had declared that they could no longer cope with the N18, 000 minimum wage. This has sparked deep condemnation and criticism as Nigerians are kicking against the whole plan.