Reactions have trailed the decision of Adamawa State government to suspend payment of consequential adjustment for the new national minimum wage.
The leader of reformed People’s Democratic Party (r-PDP) in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo has carpeted the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led government over the policy stating it has no human face.
He noted that the PDP Government in the state lacked the vision, wisdom and foresight to lead the state to the promised land.
Ardo added that instead of short circuiting cash flow in the economy, a thoughtful and serious government will deem it right to inject more cash so as to alleviate the suffering of social exclusion and denied opportunities which the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on the polity.
He also expressed dismay that the government will approach the coronavirus issue without any iota of sympathy for the welfare of the workers and the generality of the populace by taking away from them instead of assisting them in their time of need.
“While in other climes, in more serious societies, government injects money into the system to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and stimulate the economy, in our own case we are unable to even pay workers their meager salary increase.
“And this is all as a result of poor governance, lacking in innovation, direction and totally dependent on federal subventions.
“Let us all pray to God Almighty for help, and at the same time let also all our people stand up to what is right and stand against what is wrong – and God will surely come to our assistance.
“The government also needs to be prudent, cut off these unnecessary almost constant travels in which huge amounts are expended supporting lavish lifestyle, collecting of unmerited Awards, etc all at the expense of the state.
“Leadership must be a service, rather than a bazaar. That is the only way to come out of the mess we now find ourselves in,” he said.
Adamawa State government has in a statement signed by the Director General, media and Communications to governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Solomon Kumangar on Tuesday said it will pay March salary minus the consequential adjustment reached between the organized labour and the government.
Justifying the decision, the government said it was constrained by cash crunch occassioned by the coronavirus pandemic which impacted the economy of the state negatively.
It however maintained commitment to fulfill all conditions and terms of the agreement reached between it and the labour when the situation normalises.