Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, on Tuesday, declared that the state authorities’s treasury is just too lean to accommodate the calls for of the labour motion within the state, claiming that they may overwhelm its total sources.
Talking when he visited the dilapidated Banni Secondary Faculty in Ilorin, the state capital, Abdulrazaq stated “if we accede to the request of the labour motion, we won’t be able to do every other factor, aside from paying salaries of employees.
” Our faculties have collapsed, the fundamental well being amenities have to be mounted, and we have to do rather more for the inhabitants,” the governor stated in an announcement issued by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye in Ilorin, on Tuesday.
He stated the ” Locals say college students sit on naked stones within the school rooms, a lot of which have collapsed, or have had their roofs blown off.
“The state of affairs in Banni Group Secondary Faculty is typical of what exists in most components of the state, and a state with such enormous infrastructural deficits, can’t spend one hundred pc of its earnings on paying salaries,” he declared.
He stated ” We need to pay the minimal wage, the place we disagree with the labour is the consequential adjustment that they’re asking for.
” It’s going to imply that we can’t do every other factor exterior wage cost” the governor added.
Governor Abdulrazaq described the Banni Group Secondary Faculty as completely dilapidated, lamenting that it was wonderful that “college students be taught inside there,” including, ” for security causes, some buildings of the college are to be shut down.
“I’m not proud of the state of affairs of this faculty and lots of others.
“The laboratory is gone, so there’s a want for correct funding in our faculties,” he said.
Commenting on the labour motion’s strike within the state, governor Abdulrazaq stated, ” We will solely pay on a scale that’s reasonably priced.
” You’ll be able to think about a state of affairs the place native governments’ are incomes N2.6b a month and the salaries are virtually precisely the identical, if you add their different bills.
” The labour unions need a rise of that to N3b, that’s N400m per thirty days improve, from the place will the native governments get that?”
” The consequential improve shouldn’t be that a lot, that’s not reasonably priced, as a result of now we have faculties, hospitals, highway infrastructure, and we’re not going to spend one hundred pc of our revenue on paying salaries.”
Governor Abdulrazaq stated the federal government “is all the time open to negotiations, however famous that ” There’s a courtroom injunction and so far as the federal government is worried, there isn’t any strike. Everyone ought to report back to work. We’ll work on how you can enhance amenities in our state as a lot as we pays salaries of our employees,” the governor declared.