The Nasarawa State Government has said that the N1.3bn received from the Federal Government as a loan is meant for capital projects and not for the payment of workers’ salaries. It would be recalled that last week Friday, the Federal Government released the sum of N50bn to the 35 states of the federation, excluding the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, out of which each state got N1.3bn.
The state Accountant General, Mr. Mohammed Musa Dar’dau, in an interview with The PUNCH in his office in Lafia on Wednesday, confirmed that the state had received its share (of the N1.3bn). He however said that the state government had not in any way violated the Minimum Wage Act.
According to him, the N1.3bn is not meant for the augmentation or payment of salaries of workers in the state. He said the first table of the N18, 000 minimum wage was wrongly implemented and the state government could not meet up because of the dwindling in the economy of the state. Read more