Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State has committed himself to the N30, 000 monthly minimum wage, stressing that he would pay the wage to the state civil servants before he leaves office.
Bindow is expected to leave office May 29 after losing his return bid, but he said at a May Day rally in Yola Wednesday that he would protect the welfare of workers up to his last day in office.
“I will pay the 30,000 minimum wage before I leave office,” Bindow said to a loud applause by workers who gathered at the Mahmoud Ribadu Square in the state capital, Yola, for May Day celebration under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
He said he had not had crisis with workers since he became governor (in 2015) because he had always carried the workers along.
“Welfare and good conditions of service have been important to us. There are no arrears whatever as far as salary is concerned. We have paid up to April 2019 and nobody can say we are owing him any salary,” he said.
He added that whatever money he had borrowed as the governor had been to augment income to settle salary, stressing, “I have not borrowed one kobo for capital projects. We did not borrow to execute any of the many capital projects that we’ve executed. We only borrow to augment salary for civil servants.”
He asked the people to co-operate with the incoming government so that the state would progress. “The progress of Adamawa has always been my interest. I am happy we have done infrastructure which is important. I hope my successor will do more so that Adamawa can continue to progress,” he said.
Also speaking, the newly elected state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Emmanuel Fache, asked government to provide financial backing to augment the gap of workers recently promoted in the state civil service.
He also urged government to come up with a computerization package for the health sector as well as training of civil servants for improved productivity.