George Okoh in Makurdi
Benue Governor Samuel Ortom approved on Thursday the sum of N30,009. 95,000 as the new minimum wage for Benue State civil servants.
Special adviser to the Governor of Labor and Employment, Chief Ode Enyi, announced this at a press conference in Makurdi, the state capital.
He said the governor had previously established a negotiating committee headed by the Secretary of State Government, Prof Tony Ijoho, who worked in harmony with the state's labor leaders to reach the new salary after a series of meetings.
“As you know, the Benue State issue is really pathetic and peculiar. Quirky in the sense that the governor has always emphasized that the minimum wage of N30,000 is not enough to meet an ordinary family person, but, as you are executing the problem you want to implement, it must also be supported with the ability to execute. so that's the financing.
“However, despite all this, the governor decided that the N30, 009. 99k should be the minimum wage in this state, and was presented to the workforce along with the proposed consequential adjustments to the other levels.
"And so all parties agreed that it was an important decision and a milestone in negotiating the minimum wage in the state," said Enyi.
He explained that the state governor is always ready to deal with issues that affect the welfare of workers in the state very seriously, saying that the state belongs to everyone, whether politicians or civil servants.
While revealing that Benue remains the third highest-paid public service state after the Lakes and Rivers states, Enyi emphasized that the state government would start paying the new salary as soon as negotiations for consequential adjustments to other levels were completed, regardless of the starting salary.
According to him, “the approval and willingness to pay this salary is what matters. When you look at the states that have started implementing the new minimum wage, they are not what the Benue state government is currently paying. Now that the new salary has been approved, the consequent adjustments will be discussed with the workforce to initiate immediate pay. "