Minimum wage: Gov. Sule inaugurates implementation committee

Governor Abdulahi Sule of Nasarawa State

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.

The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.

“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.

“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.

Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage

According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.

Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised 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,” the governor said.

He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.

He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.

Comrade Yusuf Iya, the State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far taken toward the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Iya, who is also a member of the committee, however, expressed hope that the template used at the federal level would be adopted by the committee.