Muhammad Yahaya, Gombe State governor, has lamented the inability of his administration to pay the N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state.
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The governor, while decrying lack of funds to pay the workers, said on Channels Television’s News Night on Monday, that there is no way he can mint money to meet the need of the workers.
“The situation is like everywhere else. Our own is terribly worse because as a state, if you check through the revenue table, Gombe is virtually second to the last.
“I think we only top Nasarawa and Ekiti or we go virtually at the same level. There’s no way I can just print money and come and give to the people,” he said.
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The governor claimed that previous administrations, especially the last government, did not care about minimum wage.
Yahaya accused his predecessor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, of embarking on elephant projects, rather than on issues that affects the people positively.
“His concern was not more on the human capital but on flimsy white elephant projects that are not really touching the people.
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“The former governor and the government were clueless because they did not focus on real issues that were touching the people,” he stated.
He disclosed that the state generates only N300 million monthly, adding that it relies mostly on federal allocation.
He, however, blamed bad governance and poor practices, as the major cause of poorly generated Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).