The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.
The committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.
The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.
Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.
“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes.
“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.
Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage
According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.
Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.
“To 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,” the governor said.
He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.
He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.