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Minimum wage: Abia govt denies being among states yet to begin implementation

Abia State Authorities has debunked stories that Abia is amongst states that have been but to implement the brand new minimal wage.

The state’s Honorable Commissioner for Data, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, made this identified in an announcement made accessible to DAILY POST on Saturday.

Kalu stated that the Abia State Authorities led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, commenced implementation of the brand new minimal wage in January 2020 with the least paid employee within the state workforce incomes above the minimal wage of N30,000.

In response to him, Abia State is the primary within the southeast area to have commenced fee of the brand new minimal wage to employees.

He additional urged the nationwide management of NLC and The Guardian to instantly confirm and proper the misrepresentation of info and apologize to the federal government and folks of Abia State for the inaccurate publication

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“Our consideration has been drawn to a publication in a nationwide every day of Saturday, thirteenth March, 2021 which cited a doc purportedly obtained from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and corroborated by the Deputy Normal Secretary of NLC, Bello Ismail, to the impact that Abia State is amongst states which might be but to implement the brand new minimal wage and want to state that the report is fake and with out bearing to info because it issues our state.

“Abia State Authorities led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD, commenced implementation of the brand new minimal wage in January 2020 with the least paid employee within the state workforce incomes above the minimal wage of N30,000.

“Certainly, the state is the primary within the southeast area to have commenced fee of the brand new minimal wage to employees. We’re due to this fact misplaced as to how the nationwide management of NLC will not be conscious of this truth which is verifiable and accessible inside the media house together with earlier publications by The Guardian.

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“The least anticipated from the nationwide management of NLC, earlier than relying, compiling and publishing from the cited doc on the standing of the state with regard to the fee of the brand new minimal wage was to have known as or cross checked with the native chapter of NLC or any state employee to confirm the standing.

“We hereby urge the nationwide management of NLC and The Guardian to instantly confirm and proper the misrepresentation of info and equally apologize to the federal government and folks of Abia State for the false publication,”the assertion stated.

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