Kaduna to pay new minimum wage from 1 September 2019

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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Kaduna State government will implement the new National Minimum Wage from September 2019.

This was the outcome of the Executive Council meeting, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.

Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, noted the commitment of Governor El-Rufai to strengthen the public service and its capacity to deliver quality and responsive public service.

The council deliberated on the minimum wage memo and unanimously approved commencement of the implementation in September 2019.

The Executive Council deliberated on government’s commitment in improving the standard of living of workers in the State.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to Kaduna State Governor, on Media and Communication Muyiwa Adekeye, “Pursuant to that, the State government launched a pay review process early in 2018 where a cabinet committee was charged with exploring how the government can sustainably improve public sector salaries”.

The statement further explained that, guided by the twin principles of ability to pay and sustainability, government considered several scenarios bearing in mind the trend of Internally Generated Revenues, IGR and allocations from the Federation account.

“Several salary scenarios were considered, and one option was identified as most prudent. A final decision was suspended as negotiations for a new national minimum wage appeared to gather momentum. It was reactivated after the Federal Government announced the new national minimum wage in April 2019”.

The statement read that, paying the new National minimum wage and consequential adjustments will increase the wage bill of the Kaduna State Government by 33%. Gross monthly salary outlay will rise to N3.759bn from the current N2.827bn.

“This N1bn monthly increase in the wage bill means that salary and pension commitments will take the lion’s share of State government expenditure. Meeting these salary obligations while achieving development objectives for citizens will further raise the pressure to expand and deepen revenue sources and collections”.

According to the new wage structure, the lowest paid workers in the civil service will enjoy increments of as much as 67% while the middle-ranking officers from Grade 10 to 14 were awarded increments of 60%.

 

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