The governments of Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi and Edo States have agreed to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.
However,Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in Kano his administration has given priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state, and that is why it is not owning its workers.
“We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” he said.
Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar said in Gusau that Zamfara State under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer.
Yari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Malam Ibrahim Dosara said that any state government with the interest of workers at heart will ensure the quick implementation of the new minimum wage.
The Niger State government disposed to paying the new minimum wage
Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello will pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.
Mr.Jide Orintunsin, the Media and Publicity Coordinator to Governor Abubakar Bello said: ”It will be recalled that the state workforce had a 25 per cent salary increase recently. This has placed the state higher than the former minimum wage.
“Governor Sani Bello, early this year, had assured the state workforce of the new minimum wage at a special session he had with organised labour recently. He is committed to ensuring the welfare of the state workforce.”
The Delta State government said, it was looking at the law to enable it take appropriate action.
“We have not read the details of the new law since it was only signed yesterday by Mr. President. When we do we will look at our processes and of course, Delta State is not going to be an outcast. We will look at it and take a decision, ” Mr. Charles Aniagwu, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said in Asaba.
He said the focus should be on the ability of the organised private sector to pay the new wage structure while expressing doubts over the ability of many businesses to cope.
“In my opinion, media outfits should be interested in the private sector. How many companies can afford the new minimum wage as the law also binds them,” he said, and expressed fears that the new law might force many in the organised private sector to lay off workers which may be detrimental to the economy.
The Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike said he would comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law.
Wike who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, a lawyer in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday, said: “Rivers state Government will pay whatever is prescribed as the new minimum wage bill.”
In Edo, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said that the new minimum wage would be paid to Edo workers.
Osagie was however silent on when the state government would commence payment.
Although none of the Cross River State Governor’s aides could be reached yesterday to comment on the issue, Governor Ben Ayade had in January agreed to pay the then proposed N30, 000 minimum wage demanded by workers in the country.
The governor had at various times expressed his commitment to the welfare of workers in the state, which many believe is exemplified in the fact that he does not owe workers and pays promptly.
“This is the right step to take and I wish to thank workers in the state for embarking on a peaceful protest. The new wage is workers right and as a worker’s friendly government, we have always ensured that you get your salaries on time.
“Whatever we need to do extra to ensure that the federal government implements the new minimum wage bill for workers will be done,” Ayade had assured them.