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Okowa attaches condition to payment of new minimum wage

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DELTA State Government has given conditions that workers in the state must meet to get the N30,000 minimum wage approved by the federal government.

The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa who stated this while addressing members of the organized labour under the auspices of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at the May Day celebration yesterday in Asaba, posited that workers in the state must re-dedicate themselves to the service of the beloved state for the benefit of all.

Governor Okowa, who reiterated the determination of the state government to pay workers the N30, 000 new minimum wage, said the prevailing cordial industrial relations in the state have encouraged government to sustain its welfare and training programme.

While not doubting the efforts of the trade unions towards the promotion of the interests of Nigerian workers and which has not gone unnoticed, described labour unions as great defenders of the welfare of workers.

“We have consistently paid salaries as at when due; let me assure you of this administration’s policy of investment in the wellbeing and professional growth of workers through training and exposure to modern techniques.”

He disclosed that his administration is making efforts to recall some of the employees that were dropped and is “determined to open up more skill acquisition opportunities for the absorption of  youths to train in various fields and trades for self-employment to tackle the issue of unemployment,”

“I commend the labour unions for consistently defending and advancing the political, economic and social rights of Nigerian workers; your efforts towards promoting the interests of Nigerian workers have not gone unnoticed and as partners in progress, I enjoin you to continue your hard work, resilience and commitment because, we are partners in this undertaking of governance and together, we will succeed in building a greater Delta State,” he emphasised.

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