- Governor Fayemi of Ekiti state said he would start paying the N30,000 minimum wage this month of October
- The Ekiti state governor said implementing the new minimum wage will to improve the living standard of workers in the state
- Fayemi also listed his achievements and goals for the state’s education sector
As the agitation for the full implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage continues across the nation, another state governor in the southwest has expressed readiness to commence paying the new wage, starting from October 2019.
Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti state, made the pledge to start paying the new minimum wage on Saturday, October 5, during the 2019 celebration of the Teachers’ Day at Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado Ekiti, The Nation reports.
The Ekiti state governor said he decided to implement the new wage with a view to using it as a means to improve the living standard of workers, especially teachers, in the state.
Fayemi believed the implementing the new minimum wage would also spur teachers to be able to deliver their best and reclaim the state's lost glory in education.
The governor also used the occasion to recognise the diligence of two teachers: Henry Olaoluwa Asubiojo of Amoye Grammar School, Tajudeen Olaoye of Anglican Primary School, Esun Ekiti and Mojisola Ehinafe of Technical School, Ado Ekiti.
The three outstanding teachers were rewarded with cash price of N500,000 each, for emerging as the best teachers in the state.
Listing his achievements in the education sector so far, Fayemi said he employed 2,000 new teachers into the state’s public schools to protect the future of the state.
He also decided to establish more schools in Ado Ekiti capital city to depopulate the overpopulated ones and make learning more conducive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, commenced dialogue with labour unions again in Abuja on Wednesday, October 9, over the payment of the new minimum wage approved for workers by the federal government.
It was one of the series of meetings held over the payment of the consequential adjustment in the new minimum wage which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari since April 18.
The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) participated in the meeting.
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