Some states have started promising to be the first to pay the N30,000 minimum wage, even when they fought hard against it. Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, and Cross River are in the front burner.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, reiterated the state government’s decision to pay N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state just as he presented a car gift to a civil servant who returned N53 million to the state government.
The N53 million had been erroneously paid the civil servant, Benson Ekotor but he returned same to the state government coffer. Moved by this, governor presented the car gift to him in the presence of workers who were present at the Workers Day held in Asaba yesterday.
Okowa who spoke while addressing members of the organized labour under the auspices of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), described labour unions as great defenders of workers welfare.
“The efforts of the trade unions towards the promotion of the interests of Nigerian workers have not gone unnoticed and I wish to reiterate the determination of the state government to pay workers the N30, 000 new minimum wage approved by the Federal Government”, said Okowa.
Thus, he called on the workers in the state to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the state for the benefit of all, adding that the prevailing cordial industrial relations in the state have encouraged government to sustain its welfare and training programme.
“We have consistently paid salaries as at when due; let me assure you all of this administration’s policy of investment in the well-being and professional growth of workers through training and exposure to modern techniques.”
The governor disclosed that to tackle the issue of unemployment, his administration is making efforts to recall some of the employees that were dropped and is “determined to open up more skill acquisition opportunities for the absorption of our youths to train in various fields and trades for self-employment.”
“I commend the labour unions for consistently defending and advancing the political, economic and social rights of Nigerian workers; your efforts towards promoting the interests of Nigerian workers have not gone unnoticed and as as partners in progress, I enjoin you (labour) to continue your hard work, resilience and commitment because, we are partners in this undertaking of governance and together, we will succeed in building a greater Delta State,” he emphasized.
Chairman of TUC in the state, Comrade Michael Nwobodo and his NLC counterpart, Goodluck Oforbruku had in their speeches, thanked Governor Okowa for being labour-friendly listing some of his administration’s activities to include prompt payment of salaries
Dickson says will be among first to pay N30,000 minimum wage
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has assured organised labour that his government would be among the first in the country to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000 approved by the Federal Government.
Speaking during the 2019 Workers Day celebration in Yenagoa on Wednesday with the theme: 100 Years of Struggle for Jobs, Dignity and Social Justice in Nigeria, Dickson said the state would pay once the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission worked out the modalities.
He described the state civil service as the most organised and patriotic in the country for the impact on the state in spite of their experiences over the past seven years of his Restoration Administration.
The governor used the occasion to deny allegations that the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was a stooge of the government saying, “Your leaders are not the stooge of the government and I don’t want them to be stooges.”
He commended the genuine workers in the state and assured the workforce that he would continue to work with the incumbent labour leadership until he leaves office early next year.
Dickson assured the state workforce of more good things in the offing in the future while accusing politicians of thinking more about themselves than the state and thanked God that the state did not grind to a halt.
According to him, the job of repositioning the state had begun and defended his administration’s No work, no pay policy while arguing that comradedship was all about workers doing their job well.
Earlier, in a joint address presented by the state chapters of NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) read by the state chairman of the NLC, John Ndiomu, labour thanked Governor Dickson for declining assent to the Life Pension Bill 2019 passed by the state House of Assembly adding that it showed that he articulated the views of Bayelsans.
Ndiomu urged the state government to address the issue of development of infrastructure at the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education as it remained the only teachers training institute in the state.
He lamented the level of insecurity in the state stating that “The spate of insecurity in the state is becoming worisome which has posed great threat to lives and properties. The activities of these criminals are on the increase which has inflicted so much fear on Bayelsans.
“In the light of the above Congress wish to call on the Bayelsa State Government to beef up security both on land and the water ways by setting up a joint Taskforce JTF involving the Army, Navy, Police and other security agencies.”
Ndiomu called for an end to the unending workers verification exercise as well the civil service reform so that civil servants could settle down to do their duties and responsibilities without fear.