By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Civil servants in Akwa Ibom State can now smile as Governor Udom Emmanuel has directed the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage to the workers with effect from this January 2020.
Governor Emmanuel’s gesture is a demonstration of his commitment as a workers’ friendly Governor in the country.
According to a release by the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien the gesture is, “in fulfillment of his earlier assurances to the workers on the implementation of the New National Minimum Wage.”
“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, has adopted and approved the payment of the New Minimum Wage in Akwa Ibom State with the Federal Government Negotiated Consequential adjustment percentages increase with effect from January, 2020.”
He explained that the Governor, who approved the new minimum wage to be paid commencing this month, also directed that the December increase arrears be paid in subsequent months.
“In effect, with the payment of the approved one (1) month arrears, payment of the new minimum wage in Akwa Ibom State
covers December, 2019.
“The State Government hereby appreciates the workers for their patience and understanding and urges them to reciprocate this gesture with dedication to duty, to fast-track the actualization of
the completion agenda.
New Nigerian in Uyo observed that until the recent directive by the Governor on the N30,000 minimum wage, civil servants in the state were gearing up for labour strike beginning from 28th of this month as directed by the joint labour unions, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Notice of the strike was alleged to have been circulated to all public ministries and departments and agencies intimating workers of the impending industrial action should the state government continue to be adamant on the new national minimum wage approved the federal government.