By Benjamin Idakwo
As the issue of implementation of new national minimum in many states of the federation continued, the Benue State Government has disclosed that the negotiations on the N30, 000 wage for workers in the state had not been concluded.
The state government stated that the government and labour unions are still negotiating on the issue.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Anthony Ijohor, made this disclosure in a statement issued to journalists in Makurdi, the state capital.
Ijohor was reacting to reports that a member of the New Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee had claimed, in a social media post, that the negotiations had been concluded.
According to him, “It is necessary to state that negotiations between Benue government and labour unions on implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage have not been concluded”
He said, “The member of the State Government Committee on the new national minimum wage, who posted on social media that the negotiations have been concluded and approval given, did so in haste and error, and has since been told to retract the report.
“We wonder why the committee member rushed to the media with the report when we and labour leaders are still meeting to agree on the new minimum wage for workers of the state.
“Our administration has presented its proposal and labour leaders have given assurance that they will study the proposal and get back to government”
Speaking further, the statement further called for patience on the new minimum wage, adding that all grey areas would soon be ironed out in the best interest of the state and workers