The Bayelsa State Government has assured workers in the state of its readiness to implement the N30,000 minimum wage being proposed by organised labour unions in Nigeria.
Sir Luka Obiri, the State Head of Service, gave the assurance yesterday when the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, led a peaceful protest to the state’s Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Obiri stated that the state Governor, Seriake Dickson has instructed his office and State Finance team to work out modalities to implement the payment of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.
According to Obiri, “We hear that government and labour unions are still meeting over the issue but be rest assured that the state government would implement any decision that is arrived at the meeting.
“The governor has directed me to tell you that the State Government is in full support of the struggle for the improved minimum wage for workers across the country.
“He also directed me to announce to you that the State Government will implement the N30,000 minimum wage that has been agreed upon by the labour unions and the Federal Government.
“He has directed the office of the Head of Service and the State Finance Committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage.”