Stella Dimoko Governors Insist They Cannot Use More Than 50% Of Income To Pay Salaries


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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Governors Insist They Cannot Use More Than 50% Of Income To Pay Salaries

In a statement, which was signed by spokesman of the Nigerian Governors forum yesterday, Abdulrazque Bello-Barkindo, in response to a claim by NLC that governors were simply refusing to pay the new wage and that those who diverted billions given out by the Federal Government as bailout funds should be probed.

NGF restated their rejection of the demand by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, for the payment of N30,000 as minimum wage to workers, insisting that they had other competing needs to contend with and would, therefore, not use more than 50 percent of their income to pay salaries.
They made it clear that they cannot pay the N30,000 due to what they described as “hard times” and because of financial constraints and other limitations that have tied the hands of many states.

They also stated that having made a marginal increment of N22.500 from the current N18,000, they had nothing more to add to the minimum wage, stressing that it was left for the NLC to consider and accept that as what was available and possible for now.

The statement read in part:
"Let it be known that governors have met the President twice on this matter and presented their books to buttress their point.
“It is important to add that, there has never been a time in this country, when states have embarked on a more aggressive revenue drive than they are doing today. And this is without exception or prejudice to any state. “To put the records straight, governors are not under any obligation, by law, to show their books to the NLC. But they have, in their pursuit of the understanding of the union, done so, not once, but several times over, with a view to letting NLC know that what they are asking for is neither realistic nor sustainable. Yet, NLC remains adamant that its will must be done, or the heavens will fall.” “The president at his last meeting with governors (December 15, 2018) had admonished them (governors) to expect harsher economic tides from New Year’s, thus validating governors’ fears that even those states that had hitherto looked comfortable financially, may in the course of the new year, falter.

“Moreover, since that last meeting, of the middle of December, between the Governors and Mr. President, the economists of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat have been working closely with the relevant departments in all the states of the federation, and looking into other ways of collating financial standing of states that will help the President in ameliorating the situation.

"Already, revenue to states has dropped drastically while demands by competing needs keep rising astronomically. “Moreover, state governors are making concerted efforts to improve education, health and infrastructure and for this, would not therefore dedicate their states’ entire resources to workers’ salaries alone, knowing that workers constitute less than 5% of the nation’s population. In that regard, governors emphatically announced, collectively, that no state would devote more than 50% of its revenue to salaries. “To therefore insist that states must oblige the NLC its demands, regardless of the economic gloom that stares the nation in the face is most unpatriotic and a deliberate attempt to hold the nation, especially the president, to ransom, this being an election year.
“At this point it is important to remind the NLC that most governors exhibited a high sense of responsibility and concern for the plight of workers by ensuring that most of them were paid their December salaries ahead of time. Some even received several months’ salary arrears that was owed them, and they are happy with their governors.
"This is not the time for the NLC to destroy the existing conviviality that is already building-up between workers and their governors, especially in those states of the federation where governors are stepping up to the plate with the right decisions.”



  1. Most of these govt agancies have over bloated staff strength and most of them job descriptions are even obsolete. Do away with that, take away ghost workers and they will be able to pay even more than that.
    Imagine abia state with a backlog of 12mths salary still recruiting. Is this not like working anti-clockwise


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