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Rivers rules out minimum wage cut

03 December 2015, 09:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Rivers State Government will not reduce the minimum salaries of workers despite recommendations from a recent National Economic Council meeting.

At the forum in Abuja, some governors announced they could no longer afford to pay the monthly minimum wage of N18 000.

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, assured the National Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, his administration was not party to the meeting in Abuja and thus would not reduce the salaries.

 “Rivers State will not be a party to the reduction of the minimum wage. Rivers State will not reduce the minimum wage. The state government will continue to pay the salaries of workers because we believe that the worker deserves his wage,” Wike said.

Also Read: Rivers APC demands Gov Wike’s resignation

The governor said rather than reduce the minimum wage, government at all levels should work towards addressing the numerous development challenges facing the nation.

“It is high time political leaders stop trading blame and focus on solving the problems facing the people,” said Wike.

He added that his administration was committed to workers’ welfare and had cleared outstanding three-month salaries owed workers upon assumption of duty at the end of May.

He pointed out that the state government also paid the six-month pension arrears it inherited.

Wike said the non-payment of salaries in the past led to untold hardship to the people as most civil servants supported different strata of the society.

“We must tackle our problems and stop playing games with the challenges facing our people,” Wike added.

Abdulsalam commended the governor for the pledge. 

- CAJ News


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