We Cannot Afford ₦62,000 ‘New’ Minimum Wage

Labour’s Minimum Wage Demand Not Affordable – C&S Leader

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has stated that local councils cannot afford the proposed ₦62,000 as the new minimum wage.

They attribute this to the meagre allocation received from the federation account, which is a major factor contributing to their rejection of the proposal.

The National President of ALGON, Alh Aminu Muazu-Maifata, told journalists in Lafia on Monday that all 774 Local Government Councils in the country receive a little over 18% of the monthly allocation from the Federation Account.

He argued that this grossly inadequate funding is the reason they cannot meet the ₦62,000 minimum wage.

Melody news reports that ALGON’s argument over the new minimum wage is coming amid unsettled deliberations between the federal government and organized labour.

It is worth noting that the Federal Government and private sector representatives in the tripartite committee for negotiating the new minimum wage had suggested ₦62,000, while the organized labour shifted from ₦494,000 to ₦250,000.

Commenting on the deliberations so far, Muazu-Maifata states that even if the local government executives choose to allocate their entire monthly funds for salaries, ALGON will still lack the means to implement the new minimum wage.

“Apart from paying wages, we still have other responsibilities such as providing affordable healthcare, education, security, traditional institutions, rural roads, youth and women empowerment, among others, to contend with,” the ALGON president declared.

Speaking further, Muazu-Maifata, who doubles as the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area (LGA) in Nasarawa state, expressed his support for salary increments for civil servants.

However, he highlighted the challenge faced by the local government due to limited revenue.

In light of this, the ALGON president appealed for an increase in the monthly allocations of all 774 LGAs across the country.

This, he said, would enable them to meet the proposed minimum wage requirements and adequately compensate their employees.

“I want to appeal for increase allocation to local governments in Nigeria. ALGON has a lot of responsibilities to meet up with the ₦62,000 minimum wage”.

“We will also give priority to issues of security at the local level and attract interventions from development partners to our various councils,” Muazu-Maifata added.

“I also want to improve the on existing unity amongst the various LGAs Chairmen and administrations in the country in order to better the lives of our people.

“Unity among LGAs Chairmen will help us compare notes and come up with good policies and programmes to improve governance for the benefit of the people at the grassroots,” the ALGON leader noted.

He also advocated amending the constitution to make the tenure of LGA officials uniform across the country for smooth administration, Promising that the association would work with other stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of the area councils’ autonomy as enshrined in the country’s constitution.

“The tenure of office of LGAs officials should be made four years to enable them deliver on their campaign promises to the electorates. The tenure is three years in some states and two years in some other states which is not good for the administration at the local councils,” Muazu-Maifata stated.

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