- Governor David Umahi has promised to start paying the state workers N30,000 minimum wage from January 2020
- Umahi, however, pleaded with the state workers over the government's inability to pay the arrears owed them
- The Ebonyi state governor also charged the members of the state board of internal revenue to work hard to ensure increased monthly collection
The public workers in Ebonyi state will be starting the new year 2020 on a happy note as the state governor, David Umahi, has promised to start paying the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage from January, next year.
According to Daily Trust, Umahi made the pledge while signing the state's 2020 appropriation bill into law.
Legit.ng gathers that the Ebonyi state governor, however, expressed regret the government's inability to pay the arrears owed workers just as he pleaded with the workers in the state to bear with his administration.
Also in a bid to boost the state's financial strength and stability, Governor Umahi charged the members of the state board of internal revenue to work hard to ensure increased monthly collection.
“By January 1, 2020, we shall commence the payment of the new minimum wage.
“Also, our internal generated monthly resource is very poor, 200 million that was what I received this month, so by next year we must raise it to 1 billion, and every hand must be on deck,” he said.
The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru, who was also present at the budget signing ceremony, commended the governor on his commitments to the implementation of budgets in the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Governors' Forum said its members were working hard to meet the December 31 implementation deadline for the N30,000 minimum wage.
According to the governors, they have already subscribed to paying the wage, but the consequential impact on the upper cadre of their various workforce must be renegotiated.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, December 18 after their meeting, the chairman of the forum and Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the financial capabilities of the states vary.
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