Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has been commended for the payment of the minimum wage from February ending by ensuring that no worker in the state earns below the national ceiling of N30,000.
The Governor was also hailed for the recent promotions in the civil service as well as his approval of the implementation of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 promotion arrears for teachers in the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) that he inherited.
In a statement on Friday, Integrity Forum, a platform for APC youths in the state, said the steps have again proven that Abdulrazaq “is a man who preoccupies himself with just making the people of the state to be happy and proud of our state once again.”
“We are very glad to receive the news from workers across the state of the surprise payment of the minimum wage effective from the end of February. It is the most inspiring development of the year so far and we are proud once again to identify with the Governor. This payment of the minimum wage is thoughtful and timely,” Mallam Babafila Abdullateef, spokesman of the group said in the statement in Ilorin.
“We believe that this is a big lift for the poor workers at this time. Having said this, we appeal to our performing Governor to quickly finalise discussions with the labour leaders on the consequential adjustments for the senior workers. We urge labour leaders and the government negotiating team to work out something that is realistic and in line with the financial status of our state but also beneficial to the workers.”
Babafila also commended the Governor for the approval of the implementation of 2015, 2016 and 2017 promotion arrears for TESCOM teachers across the state.
“This is fantastic. We congratulate the teachers for this hugely deserving relief to them. Beyond doubt, this is another evidence that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is God-sent. He is pro-masses and he is to be trusted with people’s welfare. It is pleasantly surprising that the Governor is daily shutting the mouths of naysayers. With the payment of the minimum wage and approval for the implementation of promotion arrears, the Governor has proven that he is a friend of the workers and the poor masses.”