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In Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the state was ready to pay more than the N30,000 benchmark for the new National Minimum Wage.
Sanwo-Olu, who said this during a meeting in Ikeja with the organized labour in the state, said the payment would start after the conclusion of the Federal Government and labour leaders’ negotiation.
He said, “As a government, we take the issue of minimum wage very seriously. We know how important and germane it is to the wellbeing of our people. We are technically ready to implement the new minimum wage. I made a commitment during my previous interactions with the labour unions before my assumption of office and I am still keeping to the promise made. However little it is, we will certainly pay more than N30,000 minimum wage.
“We understand the position Lagos occupies and we understand the challenges workers are facing in Lagos. If other states can raise that amount, I believe Lagos needs to show a bit more to appreciate workers’ contribution to the growth of our state.”
During an interaction with the labour union leaders, Sanwo-Olu listened to various demands of the workers, which included arrears of workers’ medical allowance, introduction of premium insurance for the workforce, timely pension payment for retired workers, mortgage scheme for housing, befitting labour secretariat and representation of workers’ unions in MDA boards’ appointments.
Zamfara ready for strike
Meanwhile, the NLC in Zamfara State has directed its members to stay at home as from Thursday if the Federal Government and the organised labour unions fail to agree on the new minimum wage.
In a statement in Gusau on Tuesday, the state NLC Secretary, Bitrus Gyang, said the congress had written all unions in the state to mobilise their members.
NLC, TUC fail to honour Reps’ invitation
The House of Representatives Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity has decried the failure by the organised labour to appear before it in Abuja on Tuesday.
The committee said the invitation was part of the lawmakers’ intervention in the crisis between the workers and the Federal Government over implementation of the new minimum wage.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Ali Wudil, said the intervention by the lawmakers was to prevent the looming industrial action by labour scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
The NLC, in its letter to the committee said it could not honour the invitation because of the Tuesday meeting with the Federal Government on the consequential adjustment of salaries