The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has said that 95 percent of states in the country cannot pay the proposed 30, 000 naira minimum wage to workers.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Umahi made this known on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.
The governor said the payment of 30, 000 naira can only be realised if the federation account allocation formula is reviewed to offer more earnings to states. He said that:
“The federal government collects 52 percent of the revenue from the federation account and when I tried to put the 30,000 naira figure to local government areas (LGA) it means they will borrow 1 billion naira to add to their allocation, in paying salaries.
“I will definitely not be a governor to govern such a state and will never preside over a state that will allocate 100 percent of its earnings to pay salaries”.
Umahi said that the country’s leaders and labour should liaise and decide on the percentage of the federation account that should be voted for salaries and other sectors.
“We should determine how much should be allocated to education, health, infrastructure among others if 100 per cent of earnings are used to pay workers’ salaries.
“Many states are experiencing various problems and cannot pay salaries but the people condemn their governments over their inability to provide good roads and other amenities.
“People don’t understand the problems being experienced by these states and the governors have kept quiet for long and need to speak presently”.