Kebbi State Governor, Saidu Dakingari, on Thursday appealed to the Kebbi chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress to re-consider its threat to embark on strike over non implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC had issued an ultimatum to stop work on July 11, demanding the immediate payment of national minimum wage by the state government.
Dakingari made the call in Kalgo at the launch of the sale of 2012 fertiliser to farmers. He called on the workers to reverse their demands for 100 per cent implementation of the new wage. He said, “We have 32, 000 workers as against the four million population and I expect the NLC to re-consider its stand.”
The governor pledged to ensure prompt payment of monthly salaries provided the workers reduce their demand. Some civil servants, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had received between N5, 000 and N6, 000 increases in their June salary.
NAN reports that the state government had earlier agreed to pay the minimum wage in full but later reversed the decision.