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Govs threatening retrenchment over new minimum wage crying wolf— Kaigama

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By Femi Bolaji

Jalingo—President of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, has said governors threatening to reduce their workforce to be able to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage proposed by organised labour were crying wolf where there was none, asking what they had been doing with bailout funds released by the Federal Government.

Kaigama, who spoke to newsmen in Jalingo yesterday, further advised the affected governors to go back to their respective states and tell their workforce, who would be ready to vote out those not willing to implement their demands.

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He said: “The question we should be asking is what have they been doing with the money made available to them. If we have some state governors paying N25,000 as minimum wage, what are the others doing with their own money?

“When it comes to paying political office holders, there is money but when it has to do with paying workers, they would say there is no ability to pay.”

On governors’ demand for increased allocation from the federation account to be able to pay the new minimum wage, Kaigama said: “Gover-nors, who see the IGR as pocket money or money for the boys should know that their time is up.”


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