The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, says the State will commence implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage from this month.
Governor Tambuwal disclosed this at the signing and submission of the report on the new minimum wage by the committee of the implementation of the new salary and consequential adjustments in Sokoto.
According to Tambuwal, a meeting of the State Executive Council is scheduled for Monday next week to consider the report.
He added that as the state concurs to pay the minimum wage of N30,000 to workers, government has reiterated the need to embark on a wide scale verification exercise to weed out ghost workers, child workers and bogus employment offers syndicates.
Governor Tambuwal said the wage bill of the state will now be above N324 million as against the sum of N340 million requested for by labour union collective in the state.
According to him, the government is poised to “embark on the verification of unscheduled staff and end the practice of sale of letters offers of employment to citizens,” stressing also that “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 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, “a first in the history of the state“. Governor Tambuwal explained
The Governor commended the labour collective and those on the government side who sat in the committee for their maturity, patience and patriotism to the people of the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the minimum wage implementation committee, Alhaji Muhammad Namadina Abdulrahman, summarized the suggestions of the committee to the state government as “salary and skills assessment of staff, decentralization of salary payments and the establishment of a revenue generation system by the state government”.
Abdulrahman thanked the Governor for opportunity given to the committee to come up with the final report.
The Chairman assured the Governor their full support at all the time to move the state forward.