NLC Says Abia Govt Has Fully Implemented 2019 Minimum Wage

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Gov. Ikpeazu of Abia State

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Abia State chapter, has described as false the statement by the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba that the Abia State government is amongst the states that have failed to implement the new minimum wage agreed upon by organized Labour and the federal government in 2019.

Briefing newsmen in Umuahia Saturday night to dispel the insinuation, the Chairman of NLC in Abia State, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe stated that the state government in 2019 in conjunction with the Organized Labour in the state constituted the state minimum wage committee headed by the then state chairman of the State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNto work to work out strategies to implement the wage increase, pointing that the committee sat and midwifed the N30,000 minimum wage currently being enjoyed by workers across the state.

“The committee sat severally and midwifed the N30,000 minimum wage for the Abia workers which by all ramifications was and is still the best in the South East”, he opined, adding “what Ebonyi State workers are presently taking is what Abia State workers took as minimum wage in 2011”.

According to him, “Anambra State only added N3,000 to their 2011 minimum wage, while Enugu State added N4,000 to their 2011 minimum wage and per centred paying 60 percent CONHESS and CONMESS to their health workers just last year, 2021 while Imo State is yet to do anything on the issue of 2019 N30,000 minimum wage”,

“Abia State government has equally fully implemented the CONHESS and CONMESS toper health workers 100 percent. It is therefore surprising and preposterous to say that Abia State government has not implemented the 2019 N30,000 minimum wage.

“The Organized Labour in Abia State feels that the national leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress should rather encourage the state to do more for Abia State workers instead of disparaging the state for whatever reasons”, Obigwe added.

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