Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state in Northern Nigeria has directed that the new minimum wage of N30,000 be paid to the state’s civil servants from January, 2020.
He has also ordered the immediate verification of personnel to possibly weed out ghost workers on the pay roll.
The governor gave the directives when he received the report of the committee constituted by the state government on implementation of the new minimum wage and consequential adjustments.
“Verification of unscheduled staff and the sharp practice of sale of offer letters of employment to unwary citizens and a situation where children are on the payroll of the government will not be condoned.
“Prior to the negotiation that ushered the new wage regime, the state government had discovered a disparity in the salary data between the state civil service commission, the ministry of finance and the Office of the Head of Service.
“This made me to look into the situation and we decided to harmonize all the data, leading up to the taking of steps to introduce the issuance of payslips to workers, which is the first time in the history of the state,” Tambuwal said.
The governor promised to pay the workers owed backlogs of salaries as a result of the meticulous process of the fiscal discipline measures embarked upon by the government.
According to him, the wage bill in the state will now have an increase of N340 million against N324 million based on the committee’s findings as addition to existing amount being paid to workers.
He commended the labour unions and government officials on the committee for their collective efforts, maturity, patience and patriotism.
In his remark, the Committee Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Namadina, summarized the suggestions of the committee to the state government in order to achieve success.
Namadina said salary and skills assessment of workers, decentralization of salary payments as well as the establishment of a revenue generation system by the state government had been enumerated.
Amaka E. Nliam