Nigeria’s governors has declared that they were not elected to only pay salaries to workers, provide roads, education, electricity and other social amenities for their state.
This was divulged by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, the governor of Zamfara State, on Wednesday night in Abuja, adding that they have no power to perform magic if funds are not available to utilize.
Yari said it was a pity that state governors had been limited to the payment of salaries alone in their respective states.
He said the lack of funds had hindered them from carrying out their responsibilities in other sectors such as health, electricity, education, roads, among others.
They therefore called for the examination of the national income in the last 14 years to enable them to agree on the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation.
The committee working on the minimum wage is almost concluding negotiations on the matter, FELLOW PRESS gathered.
The Federal Government had set a September date to roll out a new minimum wage for workers.
The Nigeria Labour Congress is proposing a minimum wage of N65,000 for workers, but the governors are insisting on the gradual implementation of the new wage, if eventually approved.
On minimum wage, he said, “We have a committee of six which represents us in discussions in the committee headed by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige.
“The committee has yet to give us the final report. They have given us an interim report that at the Federal Government level, over 82 per cent is being spent on overheads which cannot move the country forward in terms of infrastructure development and development that we need now.
“So, on our own part, we are saying we are going to look at how our income is taken from our final account from 14 years ago so that we can come up and stay in the middle.”
He added, “I don’t think you people voted us only to pay salaries. You are looking for good roads, electricity, education and others. So, we can’t do magic. It’s only when we have the funds that we can do all those things.”