WORKERS joy knew no bound in some states yesterday as they got assurances of payment of the N30,000 minimum wage from governors.
At rallies to mark the May Day, Edo, Adamawa, Ondo, Cross River, Zamfara, Oyo, Ebonyi, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Anambra governors said they would pay the wage.
Outgoing Governors Mohammed Bindow (Adamawa), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) pledged to begin implementation of the pay before they go on May 29.
But Governor Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) said they were awaiting the National Income and Wages Commission (NIWC) to release modalities for the wages implementation.
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday attributed the achievements of his administration in the past four years to the co-operation of the government, workers and union leaders. At the Workers’ Day Celebration at Agege Stadium where he was represented by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, the governor said he came to power with the resolve to improve workers’ welfare and also work closely with unions on how to address policy and infrastructural issues. “Having devoted myself to these objectives for the past four years and, having worked with you all (both workers and union leaders), I am glad to say that it has been a pleasure to be your partner on this journey.
I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and I am grateful for the cooperation and support that you have given me. “Indeed, I am pleased that working together, we have given the people of Lagos State four beautiful and productive years of sustained industrial harmony. This is, perhaps, the longest of such period in the modern history of our state and this achievement was made possible chiefly as a result of the culture of mutual respect and understanding we nurtured and deployed.
TUC Chairman Comrade Francis Ogunremi praised Ambode for his commitment to workers welfare especially in areas of prompt payment of salary, allowances and timely remittance of workers’ pensions, describing him as one of the most labour-friendly governors. He acknowledged the governor’s initiatives in key sectors including massive road projects, solving traffic challenges especially the launch of Traffic Information System, repositioning of the state emergency agency, scaling up security architecture of the state, construction of Safety Arena, Health Insurance Scheme, among others. NLC Chairman Comrade Sessi Agnes Funmi said the governor’s efforts remained a benchmark for other governors.