- Workers in Rivers and Imo state have been informed about the new policies on salary payment
- The policies were implemented in adherence to the federal government’s rule on new minimum wage
- However, the Imo state government said workers on its payroll will earn more than the sum approved by the federal government
The salaries of government workers in Rivers and Imo state have been increased in line with the requirement of the monthly minimum wage of N30,000.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and his counterpart in Imo, Hope Uzodinma, have announced that workers in their respective states will now enjoy the new minimum wage with the consequential salary adjustments as approved by the federal government.
The Guardian reported that the Rivers state government announced the implementation of the policy in a statement on Thursday, February 11, by the commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim.
The statement read:
‘’His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, has graciously approved the payment of the minimum wage of N30,000 monthly salary for employees of the Rivers State Public Service with the consequential salary adjustments as approved by the Federal Government.’’
The Imo state government made a similar announcement on Friday, February 12, through the state commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, according to The Nation.
Emelumba disclosed that Governor Hope Uzodimma has mandated for the least paid worker on the payroll of the state government to be receiving N32,000 monthly.
He said that the government was keeping its own side of the bargain with the organised labour through the payment of the new minimum wage.
According to the news publication, labour leaders in the state agreed not to receive 100% salaries after they were shown the realities of Ondo's finances.
The state government's decision to pay workers half of their monthly pay was because Governor Rotimi Akeredolu declined to further borrow to augment salary payment.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.