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Okowa lifts suspension on minimum wage for workers


By Okungbowa Aiwerie, Asaba

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has lifted the suspension on minimum wage of some category of workers in the civil service, The Nation has learnt.

Recall that the Okowa administration reviewed salaries of political appointees and civil servants on salary grade level seven and above for six months with effect from July 2020.

Delta State NLC chairman, Goodluck Ofobruku who disclosed this to reporters in Asaba, Friday, said the State Government agreed to the suspension of the payment of the new minimum wage for levels 7 to 17 be lifted with effect from September 1st, 2020.

Ofobruku expressed pain at the sudden hike in both fuel and electricity tariffs by the Federal Government during this trying of the Covid-19 19 pandemic in the nation.

He praised workers in the state for their patience and understanding all through the period under review and promised that better things were on the way for them.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his effective leadership, people oriented policies and programmes and particularly for being workers friendly.

He stressed that the earlier agreement between the state government and Nigeria Labour Congress was for a six months period, adding that the hike in fuel and electricity bills by the Federal government hastened the decision to suspend the slash in salary.

The Special Adviser on SERVICOM and Labour, Mike Okeme said government promised to lift the suspension on minimum wage whenever there was improvement in the economy, and praised Okowa for being sympathetic to the plight of workers.

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