Workers Day: Kebbi Gov. Sets Up Committee To Bargain Minimum Wage

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By Umar Faruk, Birnin Kebbi

Kebbi State Government has sets up a committee to work out payable and affordable minimum wage for workers in the state.

Governor Nasir Idris announced this during May Day celebration in Birnin Kebbi

” I have instructed the Head of civil Service and Secretary to the State Government to hold consultations with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress( NLC), to bargain on minimum wage that would put smile on the faces of workers”,

” I intend to put Kebbi state in the first category with the best welfare for the workforce,” he promised.

The Governor urged workers to rededicate themselves to hard work and uphold the existing harmony between workers and the government.

Comrade Nasir Idris announced that his administration would recruit 2,000 qualified teachers with the requisite teaching discipline of National Certificate on Education, NCE, and Bachelor of Education, B.Ed to teach in schools towards the attainment of quality education.

“I will offer automatic employment to students of Kebbi state origin studying Medicine in and outside the country”,

” I also intend to make up for the shortfall in remunerations of doctors in our hospitals to stop them from leaving the service for greener pastures ,” he assured.

The Governor commended the leadership of the NLC for giving him special award in recognition of his contribution to the labour movement as a veteran unionist.

Earlier, the Kebbi state Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Murtala Usman, requested the governor to fulfill his promise of being the first governor to implement a new minimum wage when approved by the Federal Government.

” We appeal to His Excellency to find solution to the implementation of circulars and promotions of workers approved by the governor by the relevant ministries that are yet to effect changes, especially Ministries of Finance and Health,” he said.

The NLC leader further requested the governor to order the provision of CNG buses and resuscitate the State Transport Authority to ease transportation difficulties of the people.

Comrade Murtala Usman commended Governor Nasir Idris for relating with trade unions and workers towards the prevalence o industrial harmony in the state.


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