The Local Government workers in Zamfara State, Nigeria are the worst paid in the country when it comes to minimum wage. The state government pays a monthly sum of 6,000 naira against the current 18,000 naira recognized by law.
This was revealed by the National President Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Ibrahim Khaleel as the Union is set to mark their 40th anniversary in Abuja.
According to the Khaleel, Governor Abdulaziz Yari’s non-compliance with the 18,000 minimum wage is the reason he is kicking against the proposed 30,000 minimum wage.
He added that the low-earning power of Zamfara residents was responsible for the rising insecurity in the state. He believes that as long as the workers are not paid, there will be no peace in the state.
Khaleel also accused the Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state of not fully compliant with the N18,000 wage. According to him, council workers in the state only get a fraction of the N18,000.
The labour leader also said that the local government workers are the most discriminated and vulnerable in the world.
According to him, the welfare of workers in the system can only be enhanced if the local government areas are allowed to function well.
On local government autonomy, the union leader said only 12 states had taken their stand on the issue, with nine of them supporting autonomy for the local government and three others voting against it.