- State governments are beginning to heed to the demand of Nigerian workers
- The workers are angling for the new N30,000 minimum wage implemented by the federal government at the state level
- In Delta, workers will receive the new minimum wage in their January 2020, while the Kogi state government has set up a committee to look into the issue
As states jostle to meet up the demands of Nigerian workers to begin payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage, some state governors are taking steps to address the issue.
In Delta, workers will receive the new minimum wage in their January 2020 salary as the state government and the organised labour have resolved to accept the template being used by the federal government for the implementation.
This was disclosed at a joint press conference where the agreement was signed in Asaba, the state capital, on Friday, January 11.
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At the briefing, secretary to the Delta state government, Mr Chiedu Ebie stated that with the agreement, two months arrears would be paid to the workers.
“We will be implementing the minimum wage and paying two months arrears of the minimum wage effective from the 1st of November 2019 and we agreed that it will take a little time for the implementation so the actual payment will take effect from January 2020,’’ Mr Ebie said.
He disclosed that the new minimum wage would increase the state wage bill with about N700 million and urged the state workforce to always put in their best.
In Kogi, Governor Yahaya Bello has in approved the constitution of a 14-man committee for the negotiations of the implementation of the new national minimum wage in the state.
A statement by Governor Bello's spokesman, Onogwu Muhammed on Monday, January 13, revealed that the committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday, January 14 at Government House, Lokoja, the state capital.
The committee is chaired by the Secretary to the Kogi state government, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, while the special adviser to the governor on information and communication strategy, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo will serve as secretary.
Other members of the committee include the Kogi state head of service; Deaconess Deborah Ogunmola, accountant-general; Hon. Momoh Jibrin and auditor-general; Hon. Okala Yakubu.
Others are the special adviser to the governor on finance, budget and economic planning; Engr. Asiwaju Asiru Idris, special adviser to the governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs; Engr. Abubakar Ohere Sadiq and special adviser to the governor on legal matters; Hon. Ibrahim Muhammed Sani (SAN).
Also in the list are Hon. Usman Ododo, local government auditor-general; Comrade Akeji Yusuf, chairman joint negotiating council; Comrade Tade Adeyemi, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE); Comrade I.A Abubakar, joint negotiating council; Comrade Thomas Ayodele, Nigeria Union of Teachers and Comrade Meliga Obaka, Association of Senior Civil Servants.
Similarly, Governor Aminu Tambuwalof Sokoto, on Friday, January 10, ordered the immediate commencement of the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage to workers in the state.
The governor ordered that the implementation of the new wage to the civil servants should start with the January 2020 salary paid to them and asked for immediate verification of the workers so as to clear the workforce of ghost workers.
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