The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has inaugurated a Joint Negotiation Committee on the Implementation of the New Minimum Wage with a view to work out modalities that will make it seamless for Government to implement its payment to workers.
While inaugurating the 16-man committee,the Governor called on them to see it as part of their responsibility to look into the issue of ghost workers and padding of salaries which to a large extent make the wage bill too heavy and unrealistic and recommend ways of finding lasting solutions to them.
He assured that the government was committed to paying the new minimum wage to Abia workers.
This was made in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and made available to journalists on Friday in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
The statement read partly: “The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, expressed satisfaction with the calibre of members of the Committee whom he described as people with a pedigree, integrity and experienced in labour matters, and mandated them to expedite action and submit their report on or before the 31st of December, 2019.
“The Governor used the forum to reassure workers in the state that the present administration will continue to evolve programs and policies that will ensure that workers’ welfare is enhanced for optimal performance in line with his friendly disposition towards the state’s workforce and called for support to enable government realize its vision for the state”.