By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
Impressed by the position of the Kano State Government over the minimum wage debacle, which shows commitment and consent to pay any agreed amount up to N30,600, a respectful group on labour matters on the continent of Africa based in Mozambique, African Labour Engagement, has hailed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for taking the patriotic position.
This is contained in a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar who stated in a letter sent to the governor dated November 6th, 2018, and signed by the Executive Convener of the group, Mr. Mwalya Joseph, that the group had commended Ganduje for his concern for the welfare of his workers, adding: “This position taken by Governor Ganduje is clear manifestation of his worker-friendly policies.
“When we first heard that Kano State Government agreed to pay any amount agreed upon by the federal government and workers, we started re-appreciating Ganduje’s humane approach to issues that are so dear to our comrades,” said the letter.
The letter indicates how the group has been following the current trend of the labour movement and struggle in the country, particularly in this era of agitation for increment of minimum wage.
According to the letter, the group appreciates that, “…Kano is one of the very few states that agreed to accept workers’ demand under the minimum wage debate. When the state under you, Your Excellency, agrees to pay up to N30, 600, if that amount is agreed upon by the federal government, we are overwhelmed.”
Governor Ganduje, the letter further expressed: “Deserves all accolades for this giant stride. As our investigation shows, Ganduje is one of the few governors in Nigeria who always carries workers along for the overall development of the state. His, is worker first. This is highly commendable.”
They then called on Kano people to continue supporting their government for sustainable and meaningful development, which would also amplify the state’s structures toward enhancing the living condition of all,”…particularly workers, without sounding immodest,” added the letter.