SAYS NIGER AHEAD ON INCREMENT OF WORKERS SALARY
Niger State Governor,Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has assured the workforce in the state of his readiness to pay whatever amount is agreed upon for the National Minimum Wage in the state.
He gave the assurance in Minna, the state capital yesterday when he paid host to the leadership of organised labour in his office.
The governor who made public for the first time the position of his administration on the contentious national minimum wage told the leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) that the “state is up to whatever is agreed upon”.
The governor noted that with the recent 25 per cent salary increase just approved by his administration, the state is close to paying the agitated wage to its workforce.
According to the governor, “for us in Niger State, we have no problem. The state is up to whatever is agreed upon. With the recently approved 25 percent increase, we don’t think we shall have problem with any figure agreed upon. We are currently close to the national minimum wage”.
Governor Sani Bello assured the state workforce of continous prompt and regular payment of salary, stressing that he has perfect plan that ensure placed salary is on frontline charge every month.
“One covenant I have with labour is to ensure regular and prompt payment of salary. With or without receipt of monthly statutory allocation from Abuja, we have put in place an arrangement for payment of salary promptly every month”.
Earlier, Nigeria Labour Congress state chairman, Comrade Idris Ndako had commended the governor for prompt payment of workers’ salary and granting of 25 percent salary increase and restoration of leave grant payment to civil servants as well as payment of pensioners.
The chairman then appealed to the governor to ensure payment of the National minimum wage in order to sustain the cordial industrial relation in the state.