The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, yesterday told striking workers in the state that the state government would not borrow to pay them the N30,000 minimum wage in order not to burden the state economy.
The Organised Labour in the state on June 15, 2021 began an indefinite strike over partial implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage and other welfare-related issues.
But the state government during a press conference at the end of an emergency expanded executive council meeting in the Government House, Lafia, maintained that government shall on no account borrow to pay salaries.
These were resolutions taken at the Emergency State Executive Council meeting as read by Chairman of the Nasarawa State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Musa Dangana.
Dangana said: “In view of its negative impact, government shall on no account borrow to pay salaries, considering that doing so will further burden the state economy and the attendant consequences of mortgaging the future of the state.
“Accordingly, salaries for the month of June, 2021 shall be paid based on the attendance registers, therefore, willing workers are enjoined to resume duties immediately.
“Ministries, Departments and Agencies should submit valid attendance registers for the month of June, 2021 to the Office Head of Civil Service through their Permanent Secretaries or Chief Executive Officers.”
Dangana concluded that essential services, such as health and water supply shall be rendered to the citizenry and any form of interference shall be dealt-with appropriately by the government.