Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, on Saturday, called on the state labour movement to exercise patience and understanding on the issue of consequential adjustment of the minimum wage particularly in the light of the current economic realities.
Speaking at the annual May Day rally in Ilorin, through the state Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Susan Oluwole, said governor Abdulrazaq appealed for workers understanding and support for the government to get through this hard time.
” This year’s May Day is coming at a time when the whole world is experiencing serious economic crisis and the biting effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
” I understand the position of Labor, particularly regarding the minimum wage. I assure you all that, we certainly do not overlook these issues and we are considering all positive options to further make our workers happy,” he added.
” We concede that things have been tough as the world gradually recovers from COVID-19 and resources continue to dwindle, but we are upbeat that the future looks bright as we recommit ourselves to workers’ welfare side by side with the rest of the population, especially the vulnerable and the poor, and infrastructural development to widen our economic base,” he stated.
The governor commended the labour force, especially the front line health workers for their sacrifices during the public health crisis.
He described workers as critical to national growth, noting that whatever developmental mileages the administration has made across sectors were linked to the workforce.
Commending the labour movement for adding value and being committed to the growth of Kwara State, Governor Abdulrazaq, said labour was an integral component of successive governments and a determining factor in the attainment of good governance.
He disclosed that the government was revitalising the economy through heavy investments in farming and agribusiness and creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to grow.
“Through our efforts, Kwara has been designated the North Central headquarters for the Federal government’s special agricultural processing zone,” he stated.