Kano state Government has reaffirmed its readiness to pay the minimum wage of N30,600 as soon as the processes are due and completed.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje renewed the pledge while addressing organised labour Union during their Nationwide Protest rally for the immediate enactment and implementation of the new Natioanal minimum wage of N30,000, at the Government House.
Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna maintained that Kano State had already given it's commitment in writing to implement the N30,000 minimum wage as soon as all the processes are due and completed.
" I can remember when the issue of minimum wage started, I remember when His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said at a Council that day, that we are reaady to pay it, that Kano State Government is ready to pay this minimum wage as soon as all the processes are due and completed" he disclosed.
With regard to the letter submitted by the labour Union, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said whatever it may contain, his administration has aggreed to accord it immediate consideration and approval for the overall interest of its teeming workers.
He said " We don't need to say that kano Workers are being paid as at when due because from the face of our Workers now, I feel like we are in the campaign rally "
According to the Governor, since inception of the present administration, Workers and Pensioners in the State have been receiving their monthly salary and pension promptly, adding that the State Government would continue to promote the Workers' welfare at all times.
" I want to commend the labour Union for organizing such a peaceful rally and assure you that this Government would continue to support and improve the welfare of its workers.
" the labour in Kano have always conducted themselves in the right manners, and Government and People of Kano State are solidly behind you, we are solidly behind you at every point in time " he maintained.
On his part, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress represented by his Deputy Comrade Muhammad Sani Kiri, expressed appreciation to the State Governor for being friendly to civil servants and his administration's readiness to pay the minimum wage of N30,600.
Also speaking, Kano State Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Auwal Na'iya, said despite the fact that Kano state has the highest number of civil servants and Pensioners in the Federation, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has been able to ensure that all savings were made so that the payment of monthly salary became the first charge on line in Kano State.
" We are paying salary of about N9.6 billion every month when you take the State, Local Government, SUBEB and our Tertiary Institutions across the State and paying over N1 billion Pension every month but yet we are committed to pay the minimum wage whenever it has been passed and approved " he pointed out.
Earlier speaking, the State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the State Civil Servants have become excited as Governor Ganduje made his position known to pay the minimum wage.
Hassan Musa Fagge
Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor