Kwara State Government has clarified that the ongoing staff audit and verification is not a precondition for payment of our minimum wage to workers in the state.
According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Communication, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin in Ilorin, the minimum wage is a law that the state government will obey and ensure its implementation.
The statement says the challenge is on designing procedures on how Local Governments can afford to pay the approved minimum wage, as the Local Governments combined earn an average of ₦2.6bn monthly, including the 10% of their share of the IGR.
It noted that the monthly wage bill of the Local Governments stands at about ₦2.5bn based on the ₦18,000 minimum wage.
The statement, however, called for the adoption of reasonable and practical steps in the wage increment to avoid a situation that will lead Local Government into borrowing to pay salaries.