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.
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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
- CAJ News