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N62,000 minimum wage unrealistic for LGs – ALGON

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) declared that local councils cannot afford to pay the proposed N62,000 as a new minimum wage due to the low allocation from the Federation Account.

ALGON’s remark came following state governors’ declaration of being unable to pay the N60,000 owing to the dwindling economy in the country.

According to Mr Aminu Muazu-Maifata, the National President of ALGON, who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, on Monday, all the 774 Local Government Councils across the nation got an allocation of about 18 per cent from Federation Account monthly, adding that the funds were not enough to pay the N62,000 minimum wage.

The Informant247 learned that representatives of the Federal Government and the private sector at the tripartite committee to negotiate a new minimum wage had proposed N62,000, while the organised labour scaled down from N494,000 to N250,000.

Muazu-Maifata, who is the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, maintained that even if the local government executives decided to set aside the entire monthly allocations for salaries, ALGON would not have resources to implement the new minimum wage.

He said, “Apart from payment of wages, we still have other responsibilities such as the provision of affordable healthcare, education, security, traditional institution, rural roads as well as youths and women empowerment among others to contend with.”

He stated that although council chairmen had thrown their weight behind wage increments for civil servants, the revenue to the local government could not accommodate N62,000.

ALGON president begged for an increase in the monthly allocations of the 774 LGAs in the country to enable councils to pay the proposed minimum wage.

“The tenure of office of LGAs officials should be made four years to enable them deliver on their campaign promises to the electorate. The tenure is three years in some states and two years in some other states, which is not good for the administration at the local councils,” he added.

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