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I Will Never Preside Over a State that Allocates 100% of Earnings to Pay Salaries- Ebonyi Governor
Revealing this on Wednesday, November 7, in Abakaliki, the governor disclosed that 95 per cent of states in the country cannot pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage to workers except the federation account allocation formula is reviewed to offer more earnings to states.
“The federal government collects 52 per cent of the revenue from the federation account and when I tried to put the N30,000 figure to Local Government Areas (LGA) it means they will borrow N1billion to add to their allocation, in paying salaries.
Umahi who is also the the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, said this while inaugurating a 36-member fact-finding committee to ascertain the mode of workers’ promotion arrears payment in states across the six geo-political zones of the states.
He further expressed his disapproval of the matter by saying: “I will definitely not be a governor to govern such a state and will never preside over a state that will allocate 100 per cent of its earnings to pay salaries”.
He further advised that the issue of petroleum subsidy in the country be reviewed as had been noted by the state and federal governments, urging the country’s leaders and labour to come together to decide on the percentage of the federation account that should be voted for salaries and other sectors.
“We must presently have the courage to say this because a lot of money can be saved from the subsidy if properly distributed.
“When 100,000 litres of petrol is allocated to me for instance and deducted from my allocation, it is then my business to ensure that there is no leakage.
“There is no governor or political office holder that signs cheques but civil servants as the country’s leaders and labour are just putting water inside a basket and praying God to hold it with this minimum wage issue,” he said.
“We should determine how much should be allocated to education, health, infrastructure among others if 100 per cent of earnings are used to pay workers salaries.
“Many states are experiencing various problems and cannot pay salaries but the people condemn their governments over their inability to provide good roads and other amenities.
“People don’t understand the problems being experienced by these states and the governors have kept quiet for long and need to speak presently
“We have been setting up committees on this issue and getting no results with people not being sincere and resorting to all sorts of things,” he said.