By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Kwara State Government (KWSG)under the leadership of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has urged State civil servants to reason with the government of the day, stressing that the present administration cannot borrow to pay salary in the face of yawning infrastructural deficits.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Kwara State Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement made available to Western Post on Tuesday.
The statement said, “We urge the workers’ unions to kindly see reasons why we cannot afford to go borrowing to pay salary in the face of yawning infrastructural deficits and underdevelopment”.
The statement said the government has made fact-based presentations to the labour unions on what it can afford without going to borrow to pay salary.
It added that proposal includes that no worker will earn below the N30,000 minimum wage enacted by the Minimum Wage Act.
“We also made suggestions on the consequential adjustments as they affect the other cadres,” the statement explained.
According to the statement,” our initial proposal to the labour, which they have rejected, means that Kwara will now spend 85per cent of its allocation on public sector workers alone, up from the current 75 per cent, while well over 3.450million Kwarans, will struggle with the remaining 15 per cent. This is very scary and hardly sustainable if we want to develop”.
The statement said the government would continue to appeal to labour union leaders to temper their demands with the financial realities of the state which they are privy to.
“Indeed, the state government will soon make them a new offer based on the emerging realities of the state. It is important to note that the 2020 budget had been predicated on $57 per barrel of crude oil. But today the price of crude oil has fallen to $54 and that means the financial projection of the country and indeed the state has been seriously altered”.
“Nonetheless, we believe that the labour union leaders and indeed the entire workforce are patriotic citizens who fully appreciate the peculiar situation of Kwara at the moment,” the statement added.