Wike can­vasses for separate min­i­mum wages for states

Weekly Trust - - News - Vic­tor Edozie, Har­court Abubakar Haruna Port

Rivers State Gov­er­nor, Nye­som Ezenwo Wike, has stated that Nige­rian work­ers will be bet­ter off when states are al­lowed to fix their separate min­i­mum wages in line with their fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity.

The gov­er­nor, who spoke dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing on the new na­tional min­i­mum wage The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bob­boyi, has said the com­mis­sion does not have an ex­act fig­ure of out-of-school chil­dren in the coun­try.

Bob­boyi made the state­ment in Abuja yes­ter­day, while brief­ing jour­nal­ists on con­duct of 2018 Na­tional Per­son­nel Audit (NPA) of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Nige­ria.

“We for Nige­rian work­ers for the South-South geopo­lit­i­cal zone in Port Har­court yes­ter­day, said states vary in fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity and mak­ing a uni­form min­i­mum wage was un­re­al­is­tic.

He said pre­vi­ous re­views failed to give max­i­mum weight to ex­ist­ing dis­par­ity in eco­nomic po­ten­tial and ca­pa­bil­i­ties among the states.

UBEC: We don’t have ex­act fig­ure of out-of-school kids

accurate num­ber of outof-school chil­dren due to in­creas­ing num­ber of those forced to leave school by Boko Haram in­sur­gents in the North­East,” he said.

Dr Bob­boyi said even the fig­ure of 13.5mil­lion out-of-school chil­dren is not cor­rect.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ma­jor rea­son why the com­mis­sion could not have the ex­act fig­ure was that UBEC was un­able to con­duct cen­sus of all ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

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