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Nasarawa Govt hosts Trade Union Congress

…Governor Sule assures of implementing minimum wage.

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The newly elected members taking their Oaths of Office in Lafia.

The Nasarawa State Government has assured civil servants in the state that it would increase their salary structures, grade level six downwards, to the N30,000 new minimum wage.

The state governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this in Lafia recently,
while playing host to the national leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Women Commission, at  Government House Lafia.

He appealed for the understanding of state civil servants, from level 7 to 16, who are already enjoying higher salaries, as was implemented by the previous administration, with civil servants in that category earning higher salaries even more than some of their colleagues in states like Kaduna, Plateau and Kwara, where the new national minimum wage was implemented.

According to him, his administration is waiting for the committee on the new national minimum wage to submit its report for him to sign.

The governor noted that, “Government is willing  to sign it, and we will not tamper with the status quo for civil servants on grade level 7 to 16. We are being more than generous for a state that is struggling.”

While urging the officials of all unions in the state to appeal to their members for understanding, especially because, Nasarawa State is still contending with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 and other challenges.

The governor noted also that it’s not too much responsibility for any institution to promote its employees but, however, stressed that it’s necessary to match promotion with performance.

Engr Abdullahi Sule explained that, the civil service in the state needs to be reformed, which informed the decision of his administration to embark on the training of civil servants, as well as empowering them with proper tools to work.

He elaborated, saying, “When you give somebody responsibilities, give them proper tools, encouragement and training, and let them perform; and, if they don’t perform, then promotion doesn’t come.”

He said the thrust of his administration is to reform the state Civil Service, to make civil servants in the state become more competitive, even better than civil servants working in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Reacting on the outstanding salary arrears of some civil servants in the state, which was inherited from the previous administration, Governor Sule expressed willingness to implement the report recently submitted by the Committee on Promotions and Salary Arrears, as well as release their payment.

Speaking earlier, the National Chairperson of the TUC Women Wing, Hafsat Shuaibu, commended the governor for carrying women along in his administration.

She said, the TUC Women Wing decided to come to Nasarawa State to hold its annual seminar, with women drawn across the 36 states and the FCT, mostly because of the governor’s track records of achievements.

She also appealed to the governor to implement the new national minimum wage, as well as settle the salary arrears of some civil servants in the state.

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