Gov. Zulum sacks HOS, constitutes 22-member minimum wage committee

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved the constitution of a committee on the implementation of the National Minimum Wage and Consequential Salary Adjustment.

The governor also sacked the state Head of Service, Mohammed Hassan, and appointed Simon Malgwi as the new HoS.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Usman Shuwa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the state capital.

“Gov. Babagana Zulum has relieved Mohammed Hassan of his appointment as the HOS with immediate effect.

“He has accordingly approved the appointment of Barrister Simon Malgwi, as the new HOS,” he said.

Until his appointment, Malgwi was the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.

On the implementation of the new minimum wage, Shuwa disclosed that the government side of the committee would be headed by Kaka Shehu, the Commissioner for Justice, while Inuwa Yusuf, the Chairman, Medical and health Workers Union of Nigeria would lead the labour side of the committee.

He explained that the Head of Service (HOS) would serve as Co-Chairman to be assisted by nine other members on the government side.

This development is coming in the wake of the call by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, that governors within the party should pay the new minimum wage.

Shuwa listed the members to include the Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, the state Auditor General, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning.

Others members were the Head of Biometric Unit; the Permanent Secretary, Public Service and Manpower Development, two former Head of Service (HOS) and Idris Jalo, a retired Permanent Secretary.

While the Permanent Secretary, Administration and General Services would serve as secretary of the committee.

Shuwa added that the labour side of the committee comprised of 10 members drawn from the leaderships of various organisations and unions in the state.

According to him, the committee is expected to submit its report within three weeks.

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