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Yobe Traditional Rulers Seek Wage Review

Posted: Apr 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Mohammed Abubakar DAMATURU


Emirs and chiefs in Yobe State have decried the non-implementation of the minimum wage, which they claim has led to low productivity and morale of workers in the state.

Dr. Muhammadu Ibn Abali Muhammadu Idrissa, Emir of Fika and chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs, stated this at the opening of the Council of Chiefs’ meeting in Potiskum, Yobe State, recently. calling for “the Government to look into this problem seriously with a view of making necessary corrections; similarly there are some traditional rulers, mostly village heads, who have not received salaries for close to two years, a lot of efforts were put to make the government resume payment of their salaries but to no avail,” he said.

The Emir also noted that: “At the tail end of 2015, staff of local government were subjected to verification exercise to flush out ghost workers, but report available to us shows that youth are mostly affected in this exercise, it is necessary to advise the government to handle issues concerning the youth with maximum care, with the current experience of Boko Haram activities, dominated by youth, we cannot afford to allow another set of our youth turn to something else.

“Instead those found not fit to be on the local government payroll should have something provided for them by the government to keep them engaged and feel some sense of belonging, rather them indulging in criminal activities.”