June 11, 2024

Minimum wage: States, LGs that can’t pay shouldn’t exist — Mumakai

Breaking: We can't pay N60,000 minimum wage — Governors

File image of protesting labour union members.

By Emma Amaize

A prominent leader of the Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, has advised the states and local governments unable to pay the new minimum wage to fuse with their economically viable counterparts. 

Mumakai, in a statement, said: “It is obvious that some state governments cannot pay the amount the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is demanding. In reality, it is also true that what the Federal Government has offered cannot sustain  an average home in Nigeria. 

“I, therefore, call for the merger of some states and local government councils that are not viable economically. The time of hurrying to Abuja for monthly allocation should be discouraged; they should go for the good of the nation.

“If a state cannot pay a minimum wage to better the lives of its citizens, such a state or local government council should not exist.

“Many economically barren states and local governments depend on the federal government for survival.

“I am not a believer in regional government, but the only way to encourage states to pursue sustainability and self-dependence is that some states must go unless they fend for themselves.

“Some states were created to share resources that come from the crude oil in the Niger Delta. Nigeria should go back to derivation to justify the capacity of states.”