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(Opinion) Wage Award: What Is Good For The Goose Is Also Good For The Gander ~ By Izuchukwu Nwokoma

I read on paper recently that 20 State Governors in Nigeria has denied their workers the payment of N35,000 wage reward approved by the President Bola Tinubu administration last year October to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal on the Nigerian worker.

Recall that the Federal Government in October 2023, agreed to pay the sum of N35,000 to workers to cushion the hardship caused by the removal of petrol subsidy on the workers.

It should be understood that apart from cushioning the hardship caused by the removal of petrol subsidy, it is also important to state that Nigeria currently is like hell for anyone to survive. Everyone in the country is hit by hardship which has affected various spheres of the economy.

It is therefore, a disservice for 20 State Governors to deny workers the N35,000 wage, thus going contrary to the position of the Federal Government that has insisted that the wage reward package would continue pending when a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers will come aboard.

In as much as we know that all the States of the federation do not receive same monthly income from FAAC , but giving that the N35,000 wage reward was agreed since last year, it will be an aberration if these 20 states continue to renege on the agreement.

For crying out loud, N35,000 is not too much considering what the civil servants spend on daily basis and also the kind of time devoted in their work places without having time to engage in other money making ventures.

It is indeed man’s inhumanity to his fellow man if these 20 State Governors continue to play with their workers in this manner. I therefore implore the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in these States to continue to press for the rights of their workers because it will amount to injustice if their colleagues in other States continue to enjoy the wage reward while theirs hang on a balance.

What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

Izuchukwu Nwokoma a Journalist, Public Affairs Analyst writes from Umuahia.

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