The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has assured Labour that his government will implement the proposed N30, 000 minimum wage immediately president Muhammadu Buhari signs the bill.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon John Olafor disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar while receiving some aggrieved workers in his office.
He said, “The State will pay the minimum wage. It is the right of the workers to demand for the new wage of N30, 000.
“N30, 000 is just alright and as such, we will ensure that any step you take on the realisation of this very timely demand is achieved.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade John Ushie, earlier, regretted that the tripartite committee on the National minimum wage, comprising the government and organized private sector concluded its work and submitted the report with a draft bill to President Buhari on November 6th, 2018 but nothing had been done.
Ushie said, “The Nigerian worker as voters will indeed take their fate to the polling stations and indicate in the ballot their views on the faithful implementation of the new minimum wage by the executive before the polls.
“Emphatically, the Nigerian workers, family, friends and allies may not vote for any candidate in the forthcoming elections who hesitate or refuses to commit to the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.
“It is important to stress that the fate of the new national minimum wage will largely determine the electoral preference of Nigerian Workers in 2019.”