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Benue state goverment provides clarification on N30,000 minimum wage

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The Benue state government on Friday provided clarification on the N30,999 new minimum wage for workers.

This is in reaction to statements made by Hon. Ode Enyi, special adviser to the governor. Enyí had ọn Thursday said Governor Samuel Ortom had agreed to the minimum wage and negotiations were ongoing on adjustments for levels 7 and above.

According to a state t released today by the Secretary to the State Goverent, Professor Anthony Ijohor, no definite agreement has been reached yet as negotiations are still ongoing with relevant Labour unions.

He, however, added that workers’ interests are in the forefront of the negotiations.

The statement reads: “It is necessary to state that negotiations between Benue State Government and labour unions on implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage have not yet been concluded.

“The member of the State Government Committee on the New Minimum Wage who posted on social media that the negotiations were concluded and approval given did so in haste and error, and has since been told to retract the report.

“We wonder why the committee member rushed to the media with the report when we and labour leaders were still meeting to agree on the new minimum wage for workers of the state.

“Our administration has presented its proposal and labour leaders have given assurance that they would study the proposal and get back to government.

“We call for patience as negotiations on the new minimum wage will soon be concluded in the best interest of all Benue people.”

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