– Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has once again condemned the federal government for signing the 30,000 minimum wage bill into law – Giving his inaugural speech, the governor said Oyo state is not capable of paying workers the new minimum wage – According to him, the states should decide the minimum wage of their workforce based on individual realities The Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, May 29, said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nation reports that Makinde said all states are not created equal, so it is against the principle of fairness to apply a blanket rule to govern them all. Makinde made the disclosures while giving his inaugural address at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan as 8th civilian governor.
He promised to reduce government overheads, increase the efficiency in tax collection, simplify the tax payment system and cut down on debt accumulation without concrete repayments plans. The governor said “Recently, the federal government announced a new salary scheme in which the lowest cadre of civil servants are expected to earn at least N30,000. “I know how access to this type of money will improve the lives of many of the families that I have had direct contact with.
“However, with the way the Oyo state account currently stands, I will be deceiving you if I said we are capable of taking on this burden. “I believe in true federalism. I believe the states should decide the minimum wage of their workforce based on individual realities. “All states are not created equal, so it is against the principle of fairness to apply a blanket rule to govern them all.”
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, who stated this at the weekend in Abuja, said no governor in the 36 states of the federation will refuse to pay the new minimum wage.
The minister advised employers of labour especially those who have not started implementation of the new law to do so in order to avoid accumulating arrears.