Minimum wage: Governor pledges to pay N30,000 to workers

- Adamawa state governor has pledged to pay the N30,000 proposed minimum wage once it is approved by the federal government

- Governor Bindow said his administration would pay his workers if the National Minimum Wage Bill is passed into law

- He also said that the welfare of civil servants had always been his concern

Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa, on Wednesday, January 9, promised to pay N30,000 minimum wage to workers if the National Minimum Wage Bill is passed into law.

Bindow spoke in Yola, when he addressed members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who were on a protest march to press for payment of the new minimum wage.

The governor, who received the labour leaders at the gate of the Government House, said that the welfare of civil servants had always been his concern. He praised labour unions for the support accorded to his administration.

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The workers, led by Ibrahim Walama, who represented NLC President, vowed to vote out governors that refused to pay the N30,000 minimum wage in the 2019 governorship elections.

Walama said the rally would have taken place on Tuesday, January 8, but for the inauguration of the governor’s campaign.

He said the N18,000 minimum wage was too meagre to cater for a civil servant and his family hence the need for an increment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that workers chanted solidarity songs, and marched through major roads within the metropolis.

Meanwhile, previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, January 9, inaugurated technical advisory committee on the implementation of the national minimum wage.

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President Buhari, at the inauguration which took place at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja, appointed Bismarck Rewane, by an economist and financial expert, as head of the newly inaugurated technical advisory.

The president said that after the new minimum wage has been passed into law, government will go into negotiations for salary review for all the workers who are already earning above the new minimum wage. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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