The Ondo State Government on Monday said that the new minimum wage will cost the state government N45bn to scale up salaries and arrears if implemented.

This came shortly after labour unions in the state called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to fulfill his promises of implementing the new minimum wage for workers in the state.

The labour leaders under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and the Joint Negotiating and Public Services Council, had written a letter to Mr Akeredolu asking him to instantly implement the new salary wage.

However, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Emmanuel Igbasan, who made the disclosure in Akure, the state capital, said the new minimum wage represents 20 per cent increase in current wage bill of workers.  See Also LABOR/WORKERS' RIGHTS Minimum Wage: Don’t Forget Your Promise To Us, Ondo Workers Tell Governor Akeredolu

Mr Igbasan said although the current wage bill of workers in the state stood at N36bn, noting that government had been able to source funds from revenue generated internally to cover up salaries of workers.

He explained that the state will now need additional N9bn to meet up with the payment of salary annually by the time the new wage is implemented.

He said, “We are talking about a wage bill from about N36bn on yearly basis to about N45bn when fully implemented.

“The minimum wage which our workers rightly deserve would now have to increase our wage burden between 18 and 20 per cent on monthly basis when implemented.

“For the state government to be able to conveniently pay the new minimum wage without downsizing or owing workers’ salaries, something needs to be done to the revenue sharing formular.”

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