Excludes leave grant as part of minimum wage

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom has approved N18,900. 27 as the minimum monthly wage in the Civil Service, starting from May. 

Akpabio made this known in the state capital during a visit from the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).  

He said that a committee comprising of both labour and government officials have been set up to look into the issue as demanded by the NLC, adding that the outcome was the signing of the agreement.

The governor added that execution of projects by his administration would not be at the detriment of payment of salaries and emolument of workers. 

“Payment of salaries and emolument of workers remains a major project. Your entitlement on a monthly basis is a project for the government,” Akpabio said.

“When I was the Commissioner for Local Government, I had to stop projects so that they could pay all the salary arrears and allowances owed the workers. No government can claim that it was doing projects when workers are dying of hunger and salaries are not paid.”

The state Chairman of the NLC, Unyime Usoro, also pointed out that leave grant was not consolidated as part of the minimum wage. He argued that leave grant should not be combined as part of minimum wage because “the higher you consolidate, the higher the tax”.

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