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Minimum wage: Anambra govt to increase salaries

By Charles Kalu

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has promised to review the salaries of civil servants in the state. He made the pledge while addressing members of organised labour who were on a protest march to the Government House in Awka (January 8) for the actualisation of the new minimum wage.

Mr Obiano said his administration places a high premium on welfare of workers and pensioners, hence the payment of their entitlements with fringe benefits on or before 25th of every month.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, noted that the state had remained faithful to workers in the state.

In his words, “On the minimum wage, Government has been very clear on that: It will like to adjust salaries. I think the organised labour knows that.

“The minimum wage is part of what is in the card and we will listen. The workers should bear in mind that the Governor has assured them that he will do the needful at the appropriate time, as the issue is a national concern that needs legislative enactment.’’

Earlier, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabah, told the Governor that they were on a nationwide protest and mobilisation on the issue of minimum wage.

The NLC president, who was represented by the Head of Department, International Relations and Liason, National Assembly, Mr Uche Ekwe, said it was regrettable that several tripartite meetings held to resolve the issue remained inconclusive.

He said the organised labour considered it worthy to embark on nationwide protest and mobilisation as part of its strategies to compel government at all levels to implement N30, 000 minimum wage.

In a remark, the State Chairman of NLC, Mr Jerry Nnubia, said they staged the protest to the Government House, to seek the commitment of the state government to the implementation of the new minimum wage.

He reminded them that the political behaviour of workers in the 2019 elections would be contingent on the implementation of the new minimum wage, as they had resolved to vote out anti-labour public office holders.

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