- Delta state governor has urged state governments to pay the new minimum wage
- According to Governor Okowa, the new minimum wage is long overdue because the previous N18,000 was not sustainable
- The governor however said he believes that the new minimum wage should not translate to general increment
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday, April 30, said the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers was long overdue and urged state governors to implement the N30,000 minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okowa, who spoke with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, said that he would pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
He said that the previous minimum wage of N18, 000 was not sustainable.
“We are actually going to pay the N30,000; we had made our statement long before the new minimum wage was even approved.
“ I actually believe that it is long overdue because N18, 000 is definitely not sustainable.
“But I also do believe as I have told my colleagues and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President that this time we must understand what minimum wage is.
“Minimum wage is not supposed to be a general salary increment; those at the bottom of the rung should actually benefit much more than those at the top and it ought to be so.’’
The governor also said that education was free at the primary and secondary levels in Delta state, hence the recent treatment given to little Success Adegor was unfortunate.
He said the matter was being investigated and many people involved would soon be punished.
“We are doing well in terms of our education but people were quick to talk about the matter but there were two issues that came out from there," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Oyo state government met with representatives of labour unions on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage in the state.
The meeting, which held at the state secretariat in Ibadan, had in attendance representatives of the state government, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
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