Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, South south Nigeria, as of Monday assured that the state government would pay N30, 000 minimum wages when approved by the Federal Government. The state Chairman of the Congress, Comrade Etim Ukpong made the position of the workers union known during a consultation visit by the state Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel at the Workers Solidarity Centre, Atan Offot, Uyo. He spoke of Governor Emmanuel’s lofty programs, stressing that he has succeeded in making the state a destination of choice given his development strides and assured him of the workers support to his second term bid.
Similarly, the Chairman Trade Union Congress, Comrade Akamba Awa commended the Governor’s friendly disposition to the workers, stating that the Christmas bonus paid to the workers had boosted the workers’ welfare and expressed optimism that the state administration would implement the new minimum wage in the interest of the workforce. Comrade Awa saluted the Governor’s humane disposition having given other political parties’ opportunity to carry out their electioneering campaigns and assured him of victory in the forthcoming general elections.
Overwhelmed by the endorsement, Governor Emmanuel said that his commitment to providing quality leadership in the state is sacrosanct and expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Union for the industrial harmony witnessed in the state. Mr. Emmanuel assured of his administration’s preparedness to the implementation of the new minimum wage saying that the state is waiting for the Federal government approval.
He also described Labor as key in the development index of a nation reasoned that it is only necessary that workers welfare cannot be toiled with. He said that despite economic recession that hit the country which made many states and institutions unable to pay workers, his administration ensured that workers in the state were adequately taken care of in terms of remuneration and commended the leadership of State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress for it maturity in handling issues saying that their stance has fostered harmony in the state.