NLC finalises arrangement on 30,000 minimun wage
Yerima Akila Yeri, Jalingo
The chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress, Taraba State Chapter, comr. Peter Jediel in a chat with our reporter said the NLC and HE Dr. GAgbu Kefas the Executive of Taraba state have agreed and concluded plans on payment of the 30,000 minimum wage to workers in Taraba State.
According to Comr. Jediel, the former governor of the state Arc. Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku despite the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Union of Labour Congress in the state to implement the payment of the national minimum wage, which was signed into law by former President Muhammadu Buhari but he failed to implement the payment in the state up to the end of his administration despite all efforts and pressure mounted on him by the union in the state.
The union leader said when governor Kefas assumed office ,the NLC leadership in the state presented the pending issue of the union’s agreement with the previous administration and the subsequent refusal to implement the payment of the minimum wage but for magnanimity of Governor Kefas, he wholeheartedly signed a white paper and assuring the union that the payment of 30,000 minimum wage will reflect in October 2023 salary payment to all Taraba workers in the state.
He said ,the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has applauded the state government for implementing the national minimum wage for the civil servants.
The state NLC Chairman, thanked the governor for the move, adding that it would help boost the economy of state workers.
He called on the workers in the state to give their maximum support and cooperation to the current administration of Governor Kefas to succeed, he also applauded the good leadership style HE aimed at developing Taraba State.
He however said even though some workers in the state had been doubtful if the government was serious. But he assured the civil servants in the state that the Governor is the man of his words and the real rescue captain of Taraba state.
Meanwhile the NLC Chairman further said they are still waiting for the organised Labour at National level to finalise an agreement with the Federal Government next year on the benchmark of either 200,000 minimum wage following the recent removal of subsidy to help cushion the hardship face by workers across the country, so that the state chapter of the NLC will approach the state government on the implementation of agreement of organise Labour at National level in the state.