We are ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage –PDP govs

Peoples Democratic Party  governors  have expressed their  readiness to pay the N30,000  new minimum wage  approved by the Federal Government.

But in a communiqué read by the  Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum,  Seriake Dickson, after  their meeting  at Bayelsa State Government Lodge in Abuja on Thursday night, they  urged the President to present a bill before  the incoming National Assembly to review the constitution to accommodate a fresh revenue allocation formula.

The  PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus;  Senate President,  Bukola Saraki; and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were present at the meeting.

The  governors  were Dickson (Bayelsa), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Udom

Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia)  and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).

Others were  Ahmadu Fintiri  (Adamawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Bala Mohammed  (Bauchi) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi.)

Dickson said, “We are very eager to pay the  N30,000 new minimum wage to alleviate the plight of workers.

“We want to do so to alleviate the plight of the long-suffering Nigerian workers who have been underpaid and who are currently groaning  about the  economic hardship as a result of what has gone wrong with the economy since the APC government took over. We therefore call on Mr President to urgently present a bill before the incoming National Assembly to review the constitution to accommodate a fresh revenue allocation formula in the country.”

According to the  Bayelsa State governor,  the PDP governors deliberated on the alleged diversion of local government allocations  by state governments and condemned it.

He  said   no  PDP governor was involved in the diversion of council allocations and  challenged  the Federal Government to name the states and the governors  who tampered with council funds.

Dickson  said, “We  maintain that PDP states do not indulge in such a  reprehensible conduct. “In our  case,  we know the reverse is the case. The state governments, rather have been supporting, subsidising and funding the  local governments.  We call on the Federal Government  and the agencies that have  been making this allegation to name the state governments and possibly even tell us the date and the people who were in charge at the time the diversion took place because for us we do not indulge in it and we also want to join in condemning it.”

The forum  also expressed its  concern with  the  alleged politicisation of security apparatus in some states  by the  Federal Government.

According to the governors, this could be the reason behind the growing insecurity in some parts of the country.