By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin â€” THE Kwara State government has announced the minimum wage of N9,050.00 to all categories of workers in the state to celebrate the forthcoming Democracy Day in the state.
The State Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammed Dabarako,Â after the end of the state executive council meetingÂ yesterday in Ilorin said the new minimum wage package would cost the government N503 million monthly.
He also announced that the government had set aside N800 million towards the payment of the 600 workers who were retired from the state public service recently.
According to him, â€œthe present administration is committed to the welfare of the teeming workers in the state public service and all efforts would be made to ensure their growth. It is by so doing that the much expected productivity would be achieved from the workers and thereby improving service delivery in the state public service.â€™.
The Head of Service explained that the new minimum wage package was agreed upon between the labour leaders and the government to bring development to the state public service.
He also said though the state government set up a five-man committee on the review of workers salaries last year, what they proposed to the government could not be done in view of the economic reality of the state.