By Centus Nweze
Gombe State may have to source very hard for new source of income if it has to meet the obligation of paying the new minimum wage, going by comments of its own Commissioner of Finance, Malam Muhammad Gambo Magaji.
The government official has attributed the increase in the State’s personnel cost in the 2021 budget to the reinstatement of the payment of the new minimum wage expected to commence by 2021.
The payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage was suspended in March 2020 following the outbreak of corona virus which forced Government to trim down it’s expenditures to focus attention in the fight against covid-19.
This pronouncement on the reinstatement has ignited excitement in some civil servants who spoke to Newsliks.com. They said, the reinstatement will improve their welfare in this period of recession.
The Commissioner who broke the news to journalists during the 2021 budget breakdown said the minimum wage matter was captured in the 2021 budget.
He said, the State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya is expected to sign a warrant to that effect so that the Accountant General of the State will commence the payment by January 2021.
According to him, “the minimum wage will be reinstated in 2021. It was captured in the budget, we hope that the Executive Governor will sign the warrant today 31st December, 2021.
“Of course the AG will oblige by the 1st of January, to begin the implementation of the warrant. This warrant captures the new minimum wage”, he stated.
Malam Muhammad Gambo had also during the breakdown, explained that the personnel cost of the Government during the 2020 fiscal year which stood at N21,378,173,100.00 billion, was shot up to N23,029,,391,426.00 billion for the 2021 fiscal year which is expected to accommodate the payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000.00.
In the meantime, some civil servants in the State ministry of Finance who expressed their excitement to our correspondent, said their welfare will greatly improve considering the harsh economic realities occasioned by recession.
Babaji Loddo, a staff in the Gombe State Ministry of Finance said, “if this promise is fulfilled, we will be extremely happy. We were not happy when the payment was suspended because majority of us started forming groups for contributions so that we acquire lands, houses and rest from occupying rented apartment”.
He added that “many of us have not recovered from that abrupt stop. Since the Governor is a man of his words, we have the assurance he will keep his promise to start payment by January 2021”.
Usman Manzo, a principal admin officer, said, “we will be extremely happy if he starts payment as he promised. Our welfare will greatly improve considering the high cost of goods and services”.