Plateau state government vows to pay new minimum wage before anyone does

Plateau state government vows to pay new minimum wage before anyone does

- Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state says he will be the first governor to pay the new minimum wage

- Lalong says he is ready to pay whatever amount agreed upon as the new minimum wage

- Recall that Nigerian workers have been clamouring for N30,000 minimum wage, but it is yet to be implemented

As the clamour for the N30,000 new minimum wage continues, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has said he is ready to pay whatever amount agreed upon as the new minimum wage for workers in the state.

This was stated by the governor during a peaceful protest at the Government House which was led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Legit.ng gathers that the governor, who was represented by his deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden, commended the protesters for being orderly.

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He said: “We have all realized the fact that there is an agreement, there is an understanding between the NLC and the federal government and the various State Governments, what is left is concluding the process."

Tyoden assured that Governor Lalong-led government would be the first to implement the wage once the process is completed.

The governor said: “If the government did not believe that there will be a new minimum wage, it wouldn’t have committed itself in the process.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that workers across the country joined the Tuesday, January 8, nationwide protests by the organised labour over the federal government’s delay to implement the N30,000 minimum wage.

Workers in Lagos, Edo and Imo states occupied the streets in protests and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to forward the new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly immediately.

In another previous report by Legit.ng, the Gombe council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) advised against the politicisation of the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.

Haruna Kamara, the state NLC chairman, said that the struggle for minimum wage was a struggle for the emancipation of workers and not a tool for any political stakeholder.

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