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The Global News reports that President Bola Tinubu has urged state governors to start paying N35,000 wage awards while awaiting the finalization of the new minimum wage, aiming to alleviate economic hardship for the people.

Tinubu suggested that implementing the wage awards at the state level would offer crucial relief without exacerbating inflationary pressures.

The President while speaking in Minna at the flag-off of the agricultural mechanization revolution for food security and the commissioning of the remodeled domestic terminal of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport, emphasized the importance of all states adopting the wage award.

He mentioned that the National Executive Council would also endorse it, underlining its significance for economic stability and social welfare.

Tinubu said: “If all of you, the sub-nationals have been paying the wages award, pending the determination of the new salary wage. Let all the states start paying the wages award. Whatever they are taking now plus the wage award would relieve the public.

“Please, I am not giving an order, I am appealing to you states, start paying the wages awards, let everyone start paying it. It is a relief to the people. The mechanism is the fact that it won’t be inflationary if we announce the new salary wage in a few weeks or months, they would have gotten used to the basic wages of N30,000 plus the wages award, and it will have a dampening effect on the market. Please get sub-nationals together and NEC should adopt this.”

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