Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has inaugurated a 23-man committee for the implementation of the National Minimum Wage in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the committee, headed by Deputy Governor Emmanuel Akabe, has 10 government officials and 13 labour leaders as members.
The committee, which has three weeks to submit its report, is expected to study Public Service Salary Structure, CONPSS, of tertiary intuitions and develop a template for the implementation of the New National Minimum Wage Salary Structure in the state.
Speaking while inaugurating the committee at Government House Lafia, Governor Sule urged the committee to be guided by revenue accruals of the state, so as not to plunge the state into financial crisis.
According to him, the state government is ready to make available its accounts to guide the committee in taking decision towards making appropriate recommendations.
“The Committee, while carrying out its assignment, should be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage.
“This administration is ready to open its book of account to serve as a guide to the committee towards making appropriate recommendations to the government,” Mr Sule stated.
The governor, therefore, advised the committee to liaise with relevant federal government agencies in carrying out their assignment for proper implementation.
“Liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the State.
“Obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2009 and the Consequential Adjustments in the Salaries of Employees in the Federal Public Service Arising There from as a guide.
“Study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the Organized Labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in the salary structures,” the governor stressed.
Also speaking, the state labour chairman, Yusuf Sarki promised that workers would support the initiative in ensuring the success of the assignment.