Minimum Wage: Taraba Governor Ignores NGF, Promises To Pay Agreed Figure

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas has ignored Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) stance on new minimum wage, noting that his administration is ready to pay agreed figure.

Governor Kefas disclosed this on Saturday shortly after an inspection tour of ongoing projects in Jalingo, the state capital.

Recall that NGF last week said N62,000 minimum wage proposed by Federal Government and Organized Private Sector is not sustainable.

He said the state government is prepared to pay the new minimum wage agreed upon between the Federal Government and organised labour.

Kefas reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritising workers’ welfare, saying he will continue to work hard to ensure that their rights and privileges are protected.

Describing their welfare as his responsibility, the governor said whatever figure is finalised as the new minimum wage, he is duty-bound to pay.

His words: “We are progressing, we are waiting for whatever decisions the Federal Government arrives at, we are with them. We will make sure the welfare of our workers is everybody’s responsibility. So the Federal Government is willing to improve the welfare of our workers, the same thing at the state level.

“So we are with them, whatever they arrive at, we will make sure we follow. We are also talking even behind the scenes to ensure that we reach at something. I don’t think that is going to be an issue.”

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