Minimum wage: Jema'a LG Council, Unions dispel speculation of non-compliance
The Authority Jema'a local government area of Kaduna State has dispelled the speculations from certain quarters over alleged refusal to comply with State Government's directive to implement the new minimum wage.
Recall that the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-rufai'i, was amongst the first states in the Federation to implement payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage to its workers.
Mr Peter Averik, Chairman of Jema'a local government in an interview on Tuesday with our Correspondent in Kafanchan said it was regrettable that certain individuals who were bent to frustrating government's efforts were busy spreading false information about the implementation of the new in Jema'a.
"Kaduna State Governor had given a strict directive for immediate implementation of the new minimum wage as such, as Council Chairmen, we are obliged to carryout such directive.
"I have never at any point mentioned that Jema'a local government would be an exception to the implementation of what is intended to bring succor to our workers," he said.
Mr Averik noted that a meeting comprising the Union bodies including; the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Medical Worker's Union all in Jema'a was convened where a directive was given to the Finance Department of the Council to submit a table for the new minimum wage.
"Unanimously, the Council together with these Unions have agreed to be patient until we get the financial template before the commencement of the wage.
"In fact, we assured them that arrears for September would be paid when we eventually sort out the necessary modalities," he added.
The Chairman, then, urged workers in the locals government to be patient as every machinery was being put in place to ensure compliance with the State Government's directive and captioned rumor paddlers to desist from such negative attitude.
When contacted, Mr Ananias Dauda Samuel, Chairman of the NUT in Jema'a local government confirm the Chairman's position describing the speculations as untrue.
"We were all at the meeting held last week where the Chairman emphatically assured us the the new minimum wage would be implemented in Jema'a.
"We have assured our members including those of our sister Unions to be patient for the paper works to be done before the actualisation of our collective aspiration," he said.