- Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, announces approval of new minimum wage to workers in his state
- Mohammed says the approval of the minimum wage is with immediate effect and begins from January 1, 2020
- The state government says the decision to approve the minimum wage follows a report of the committee of the state joint public service council
The governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday, January 1, surprised workers in the state by announcing that his government has approved the new minimum wage of N30,000.
The announcement was confirmed in a statement by Alhaji Mohammed Baba, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government also announced that the approval is with immediate effect.
This means that its implementation would commence on January 1, 2020.
“The executive governor of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Mohammad, has received the report of the committee of the state joint public service council on the implementation of the national minimum wage of N30,000 as set by the federal government.
“Government has accordingly approved the payment of the thirty thousand naira as minimum wage for employees in the state with effect from 1st January, 2020,” the statement said.
Legit.ng had reported that in a broadcast message to Nigerians to mark the new year day, President Muhammadu Buhari also emphasised that his administration would focus on improving the welfare of civil servants and pensioners.
Meanwhile, the ministry of finance, budget and planning on Monday, December 30, said some civil servants in various ministries, agencies and departments have started receiving arrears of the approved minimum wage.
A director at the ministry said some of the workers have already received the payment alerts from their banks.
The director called on the workers to remain optimistic as all arrears will be paid before the end of December as promised by the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed.
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