Minimum wage: I’ll pay what I can afford – Taraba governor

The Taraba state government has agreed to pay the minimum wage approved by the federal government.

It will, however, only pay what the state can afford, but ensure what is paid is acceptable by Labour, Chief Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of Governor Darius Ishaku, stated on Friday.

He said the state was going to negotiate and reach a compromise with the Labour in Taraba since every state is allowed to negotiate with the Labour in its state.
“We cannot do anything on the minimum wage independently. We are willing to comply with the federal government directive. So, we will pay. But at the end of the day, we shall request that the Labour in our state should show some understanding, given our financial peculiarity.

“Thus, we shall negotiate and pay what is affordable by us and also acceptable by Labour. And we hope to reach a compromise soon,” the governor said.

Ishaku also said the Labour in Taraba would not embark on strike because it has sympathy for the state, because of its financial challenge.

“We are not as rich as other states; we are at the bottom, and Labour in the state knows this. It sympathises with us because of our financial peculiarity.

And the governor has been very friendly with Labour, that is while he (Ishaku) was given an award by Labour as the ‘Labour Friendly Governor’ of the year. So, we will not do anything that will jeopardise the cordial relationship.”


  1. I know u will do it DDI, let it be soon.

  2. We are rich in the Lord in this state. Therefore he should not delay people about it.

  3. Whatever we dose in life let's fear our creator who watches over every human dealings

  4. Wat does he mean by financial peculiarities. Taraba state has a lot of untapped resources. We must develop it ourselves and stop waiting for money from outside.

    This administration has not in anyway shown d zeal to develop d state in dat regards.

    It's so painful to see d state crawling and when asked they hide behind d curtains of financial peculiarities.

    Please let's be wise enough in that state and vote competence in d next election rather than sentiments

    1. Hmm my brother I can't but weep for my state, imagine with the number of natural resources in the state nothing is done to put them into finish goods for our development may God help us out of this mess.

  5. he even is after his family not his people.

  6. Pay with promotion it's not fare for a civil servant to be on one level for almost 16years do something about it .

  7. Were waiting may de lord bless u ddi

  8. We should stop decieving our self

  9. When you do good you do your self when you do bad you do your self. Final day is coming. and as we come empty hand is how we can go back empty hand.


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