Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has called on civil servants in the state to pray for the improvement of the finances of the state so he could pay the new minimum wage.
The governor made the call on Wednesday in Enugu during the commemoration of this year’s May Day.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently signed the Minimum Wage Bill passed by the National Assembly into law. The law stipulates a minimum wage of N30,000 for Nigerian workers.
However, there has been fears that the implementation of the law may suffer setbacks as many state governors have expressed worry that the current financial situation of the states May not be able to accommodate the new minimum wage.
Ugwuanyi, while addressing the workers, said his administration was committed to workers’ welfare and had made salary payment his top priority.
He said: “In as much as the government will remain true to its obligations, I will tell you the nation’s economy is not robust. I have taken notice of the new national minimum wage as signed into law, but workers should pray for improvement in financial resources of the state.
“We will ensure that these issues are comprehensively and satisfactorily addressed in concert with other relevant government agencies and departments.”
The state chairmen of the Trade Union Congress, Chukwuma Igbokwe, and the Nigerian Labour Congress, Mr Virginus Nwobodo, in their separate addresses, commended the state government for the cordial relationship between it and and labour. This, they said, had ensured improved workers’ welfare in the state.
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