The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed, has assured Nigerians of implementing the 18,000 minimum wage in all the states of the federation, saying it has been agreed on by the governor’s forum.
He said the issue of whether or not to pay is a forgotten issue as it has been passed into law by the National Assembly which is a go-ahead for all the state governors to implement.
He made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in order to collaborate and ensure that unemployment among young Nigerians and other youth development issues are put in the front burner of national discourse.
The governor pledged to support initiatives by the ministry to tackle youth unemployment and other youth development issues, not only for the benefit of Kwara youths but for all Nigerians.
Meanwhile the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the Kwara State Governor for his positive roles during negotiations on the new minimum wage, just as the state was rated the second fastest growing labour-friendly government in Nigeria.
The National Vice President of the NLC, Mr. Issa Aremu made the commendation in Ilorin at a cocktail party organised by the state government for members of the Textile, Garment and Tailoring Association of Nigeria.
He noted with satisfaction that after Edo State, Kwara was the fastest growing labour-friendly state because the governor has a large heart, kindness and the capacity to accommodate “not so simple people like Comrade Bisi Fakayode in his cabinet.”