The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised workers in the State that his administration’s strategies in reducing the cost of governance and the renewed revenue generation mechanism would ensure prompt payment of salaries and pensions.
Governor Ahmed, represented by the State Head of Service, Hajia Zara Umar, gave this assurance at this year’s Workers’ Day celebration held, at the Metropolitan Square, Ilorin, the state capital.
The Governor noted that the state Internal Revenue Service’s had been empowered to shore up the state’s internally generated revenue, adding that this would ensure that the state government’s strive to meet up with its statutory commitments and infrastructural development are met satisfactorily.
Governor Ahmed thanked workers and pensioners in the state for participating in the on-going verification exercise, promising that the exercise was to give an accurate number of workers and pensioners in its payroll, and to block leakages.
The governor also said data received from the exercise would be used for planning purposes which would facilitate growth and development in the State.
Governor Ahmed however urged the labour unions to situate their request for upward review of minimum wage to 56,000 Naira within the context of the economic challenges confronting all tiers of government in the country.
According to him, most states can hardly pay salaries based on the current minimum wage not to talk of increasing it.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the State, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade listed a number of outstanding issues of labour awaiting resolution by the state government.
Comrade Agunbiade called on the state government to increase the internally generated revenue of the local government councils for them to meet their financial obligations to workers and pensioners.