New Minimum Wage: I’ll Pay Whatever FG Approves -Wike …As Group Warns Govs On Non-Compliance

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has said he would comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law as approved by the National Assembly, and ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari, last Thursday.
Wike, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barrister Emma Okah, said, the Rivers State Government would pay whatever is approved by the Federal Government.
The governor had earlier at various fora in the state, unequivocally announced that the state would be the first to pay whatever was finally settled for as the new wage.
It would be recalled that Buhari recently signed into law the N30, 000 new minimum wage earlier approved by both chambers of the National Assembly.
It is expected that the implementation would begin shortly after the inauguration of new administration in the country, on May 29, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum (YRLF), yesterday, advised Nigerian governors against giving excuses not to pay the new minimum.
A statement signed by its Secretary-General, Mr Akin Malaolu, said this in reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing of the N30,000 new minimum salary for government workers.
“We are appealing to the 36 state governors, other political leaders and elders to cause a stem in profligacy and other abuses that may be associated with handling of state funds,” it read.
“The most important asset of a nation is its human capital; if well managed, other resources will definitely blossom and the nation will soar on a trajectory of economic greatness.
“Each state government is expected to imbibe that notion as exemplified by President Buhari and bring development through conscious efforts to boost workers’ morale so that they will be more productive,’’ he said.
The scribe noted that high productivity was achievable even in Nigeria where most states largely depended on allocation from the Federal government.
“The era of sole dependence on federal allocation should be discarded; state governments should start looking inward with developmental innovations in order to be relevant to its people.
“State governors should be more sincere about state mineral resources and stop under-table explorations which only enrich a few and impoverish the rest.
“A situation whereby state minerals are illegally explored and exported raw without adding value should end; companies should be established to add value and create more employment.
“Similarly, tourism can be better explored for the world to see the rich cultural heritage in every part of the nation.
“That will generate more revenue for state governments to pay their workers, provide infrastructures and be alive to other responsibilities.’’