Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti says despite the financial challenges confronting the state, slashing the current N18,000 minimum wage would not augur well for civil servants and their dependants, as the wage is not enough for workers in the first place. It will be recalled that the 36 governors under the auspices of Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF had last week said they would no longer be able to pay the minimum wage passed into law in 2011 due to falling revenue. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, quoted the governor to have said “the state government would work out ways that the government and the labour unions would agree on the mode of payment.”
The governor was further quoted further as saying, “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. The power of the people is greater than that of the leader. “I won’t reduce workers’ salaries. 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,” he said.