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We Were Not Elected to Only Pay Salaries

Addressing journalists last night after the meeting of the governors in Abuja, the Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said there was no way the governors could perform magic if there were no funds.
The governors called for the examination of the national income in the last 14 years to enable them to agree on the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation.
Yari said it was a pity that state governors had been limited to the payment of salaries alone in their respective states, adding that the lack of funds had hindered them from carrying out their responsibilities in other sectors such as health, electricity, education, roads, among others.
Speaking on the controversial minimum wage, he said, “We have a committee of six which represents us in discussions in the committee headed by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The committee has yet to give us the final report. They have given us an interim report that at the Federal Government level, over 82 per cent is being spent on overheads which cannot move the country forward in terms of infrastructure development and development that we need now.
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So, on our own part, we are saying we are going to look at how our income is taken from our final account from 14 years ago so that we can come up and stay in the middle.”

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