From Wilson Bako, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government has inaugurated a 24-man committee to work out  modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

The committee which is to be headed by the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe has eleven representatives from the government site and 13 members from the Organised Labour.

Speaking at the inauguration last Tuesday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Governor Abdullahi Sule said that the committee was set up in fulfillment of the promise he had made to improve the living conditions of workers through better welfare packages.

“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes” he declared.

The Governor added that the state has always taken the lead on the issue of the implementation of National minimum wage in the country pointing out that since the signing into law of the new wage the government have continue to make consultation on how to implement it in the state.

He explained that it was in this vain that the committee was inaugurated to study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act so as to make necessary consultations and recommend to Government a workable template for immediate implementation.

Governor Sule charged the committee members to be guided by the revenue accruing to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage.

He listed the terms of reference of the committee to include; obtaining and studying the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2009 and the Consequential Adjustments at the federal level.

Others are; to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the Organized Labour  in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.

To liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for  technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the State.

Governor Sule therefore said that the committee has three (3) weeks to complete its assignment and submit Report to Government for prompt action.

The governor also assured workers the committee to consider the implementation of  outstanding promotions, arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Monday January 13.

Meanwhile in an interview with newsmen after the inauguration, Com. Yusuf Iya, State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far.

He expressed the hope that the committee which he is a member would adopt the template used at the federal level in order ensure improved welfare package for workers in the state.

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