Last week, state governors met in Abuja after which they told the press that it was become increasingly difficult to pay the N18000 minimum wage and they may have to stop paying that much. Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole, however dissociated himself from the position. Now another governor, Ayo Fayose, has also promised to continue paying the N18000 minimum wage.
Fayose said over the weekend that despite the financial challenges being faced by the state, the government will not slash salaries.
“I won’t reduce workers’ salaries,” said Fayose during a tour of Irepodun/Ifelodun and Ekiti South-West
local government areas. “The N18,000 minimum wage is even not enough. I will never hold your money one day extra. The shortfall in the bailout will be redressed.”
The Ekiti governor said a cut in the minimum wage won’t augur well for the workers and their dependants.
Fayose, who first visited Igede-Ekiti, headquarters of Irepodun/Ifelodun council area, said there was “no point hiding the financial situation of the state government from the workers.”
He said: “I am enjoying your grace for returning me to office and I am not going to take the grace for granted. A governor who hides the true position of things from his people is only deceiving himself.”
Fayose also promised to an office within the Governor’s office to look into complaints about workers’ welfare.