Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday reassured state workers of his administration’s commitment to pay the Federal Government’s approved national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
The governor gave the assurance while addressing protesting workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the United Labour Congress (ULC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at Government House in Asaba.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Tam Brisibe, the governor said that his administration had always maintained a cordial relationship with the labour unions.
He added that his administration would continue to ensure that workers welfare was sustained and prioritised.
On why the new wage was not provided for in the state budget for 2019, Okowa said that upon approval, the state government would raise a supplementary budget to take care of the additional funding.
“The new wage has not been passed into law, so it will not be appropriate for us to make a provision for it in the 2019 budget.
“But you know that if it is passed into law today, a supplementary budget can be put in to accommodate whatever adjustments are necessary,’’ the governor said.
Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Jonathan Jemirimigbe, read the letter issued by the NLC National President, Ayuba Wabba, and presented same to the state government.