Adamawa govt attributes inability to pay new minimum wage to Coronavirus

By Umar Salam.

The Adamawa State government has shelved plans to implement the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage, which was billed to commence this month after extensive deliberations with labour unions in the state.

According to a statement issued in Yola on Tuesday by the Director-General, Media and Communications to the Governor, Mr Solomon Kumangar, the Ahmadu Fintiri-led administration had resolved to suspend payment of the new wage due to the “economic crunch imposed by the alarming effects of Covid-19 pandemic”.

The statement reiterated the commitment of the state government to pay the consequential adjustment as well as the backlog arrears as soon as the negative economic implications of the virus subside.

It read: “The state government wishes to inform the entire labour force that due to the economic crunch imposed by the alarming effects of Covid-19 pandemic, it is unable to pay March salaries, with the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage agreed upon and duly signed with the Joint Trade Unions.

“For the avoidance of doubts, government is irrevocably committed to paying the consequential adjustment with the backlog arrears as soon as the Covid-19 and its negative economic implications abate.

“It should be noted that government decided on this and other cost-saving measures to enable it to undertake basic services.

“Government assures that the welfare of the workforce remains paramount and the centrepiece of governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s cardinal agenda.”

Reacting, the labour union chairman in the state, Mr Emmanuel Fashe disclosed that workers had been briefed on the situation and had equally reached an understanding with the government.

Governor Fintiri had earlier announced that the state government would enforce some economic measures, including cutting down its budget by 20 per cent in order to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus.

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