By: Our Correspondent
UYO, south-South, Nigeria – A committee to work out modalities for the new national minimum wage in Akwa Ibom State has been inaugurated.
The 13-Man Implementation Committee has the State Head of Service, Mrs. Ekerebong Akpan as Chairman, with a mandate to submit it report within one month.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 2019 in her office, the Head of Service, Mrs. Ekerebong Akpan said the new minimum wage will be paid as soon as the necessary documentation is finalised and submitted by the committee for further action.
She noted that with the wealth of experience of the committee members, the task will be successfully accomplished before long.
Mrs Akpan informed that Akwa Ibom was the first state in the country to constitute the implementation committee as soon as the Bill was assented to by President Buhari; and assured that Governor Udom Emmanuel in his usual favourable disposition to workers welfare, is set to effect the new salary structure in the state.
The Head of Service thanked the Labour movement in the state for their understanding and support which has made the enduring industrial harmony in the state possible; and called on workers not to relent in their commitment to duties to reciprocate the Governor’s sincere concern for them.
Responding, the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) Comrade Sunny James and his Trade Union Congress, (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Akamba Awah, thanked the State Government for commencing action on the new minimum wage implementation.
The Union leaders commended the state Governor for his worker friendly disposition as evidenced in the prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries and pensions even before the end of the month and pledged L, abour’s continued support.
They expressed the hope that the Federal Government will come up with the necessary documents soon to aid, guide and ease the negotiation process.