Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has advocated for a very low minimum wage so States can be able to pay salaries of their workers regularly.
He made the suggestion on Thursday, March 8, in Abuja at a ‘Governance Matters’ roundtable organised by Development Alternative Incorporation (DAI).
El-Rufai also said that organised labour unions in the country have destroyed the nation more than they have contributed to it.
He said: “Trade Unions have never served the country well. They have been selfish and everything is about their narrow interests. In general, in Nigeria, trade unions have been a danger to our progress and I think they should be curtailed.
“The mistake we made as a country was placing trade unions in the Exclusive Legislative List. If the Academic Staff Unions of Universities ASUU has an issue with the Federal Government, then the state universities will go on strike too. In Kaduna, I warned the Kaduna state University, that if ‘you ever go on strike again because of somebody else, I will fire all of you’.
“The states were never part of such agreements. Secondly, is the issue of minimum wage. Except we set a very low minimum wage, there will continue to be issues especially with states that do not have wide tax net. You cannot set the same minimum wage for Lagos and Jigawa. Also, we must apply the labour laws strictly. No work, no pay, because there has to be a trade dispute before anything strike. That is what the law says.”
The governor described the conduct of health unions as the most irresponsible, adding that only an irresponsible doctor will abandon his patients even after swearing to the Hippocratic Oath. “I think Nigerian doctors are the only ones on the planet that go on strike,” El-Rufai said.