We may pay more than N30,000 as minimum wage —Obiano

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has said the state government may pay workers in the state more than the approved N30,000 as minimum wage.

The governor stated this while addressing members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees during their 7th Quadrennial State Conference in Awka, the state capital.

He assured the workers that no state would surpass Anambra state in payment of their workers when the issue of the new minimum wage is settled

Represented by the Head of Service, Harry Uduh, the governor announced that workers in the state would receive their leave allowances on or before December 5th, while their December salaries would be paid on 15th of December.

“We will surprise workers in the state when the implementation of the minimum wage will start.

“The state government and organized labour are partners in the development of the state so your requests are not misplaced.

The outgoing state president of NULGE, Jerry Nnubia, had decried the disparity in the salaries of state and local government workers.

He appealed to the governor to harmonise the salaries of the workers in the two sectors.

Nnubia noted that the contributory pensions scheme as being operated in the state was against the spirit and letters of the law establishing it.

He called for the scrapping of the scheme in the state and the deductions made in that regard refunded to the workers.

Written by Tony Okafor, Awka, published on Punch Newspapers