NLC, Nigerian Labour Congress has warned governors on delaying the implementation of the new minimum wage. Following the approval of the new minimum wage of N30,000 by the federal government recently, the NLC Chairman, Jerry Nnubia stated during the Quadrennial delegate conference of the congress that delay in the payment will prompt the workers into another industrial action.
Jerru Nnubia advised governors to cut the cost of governance to enable them implement the minimum wage.
He said, “The minimum wage bill is a product of negotiation and with President Muhammadu Buhari signing it into law. We are looking out for a circular to be released and each state is bound to implement it. The state governments have no option but to implement it because they were part and parcel of all the negotiations.
“For us in Anambra State, we have the firm belief that our governor will implement it fully. He has promised us and I am sure we are not going to have challenges in that regard.
“We commend the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the New National Minimum Wage (2019) Amendment Bill and also President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to it on April 18, 2019.
“We, therefore, wish to use this platform to call on the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, to immediately release the implementation table to enable our hard-working and labour-friendly governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who has already firmly promised to be the first governor to pay the new minimum wage to the hard-working workers of Anambra State, to implement the new minimum wage.”
Anambra state Governor, Willi Obiano, assured the workers that he would be among the first governors to pay the new wage.