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Kogi to begin implementation of minimum wage

Kogi state is to begin implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage, with partial consequential adjustment.

In April 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law.

The bill, which is now law, formally established a new wage structure for Nigerian workers.

The N30,000 was opposed by state governors, with many claiming that due to depleting resources, they would be unable to pay their employees the amount.

Immediate implementation

Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Arike Ayoade disclosed this following a meeting with the labour union.

Mrs Ayoade said the delay in the implementation was due to the inability of the Committee to meet regularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic which she stressed has been overcome.

Labour’s understanding and dedication to a peaceful resolution were praised by the stated Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja.

He said Governor Yahaya Bello was committed to civil servant welfare and would continue to prioritize their needs.

Comrade Onuh Edoka, State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, praised the State Government for signing the agreement with the mandate of prompt execution

State employees, as well as those employed by local governments, are covered by the agreement.

Writing by Segun Oyenibi; Editing by Saadatu Albashir