Ikpeazu tasks committee on new miminum wage to finish out workers and stop salary padding

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tasked the Joint Negotiation Committee on the Implementation of the New Minimum Wage to recommend ways of stopping ghost workers and padding of salaries in the state.

He said ghost workers and padding of salary were responsible for the heavy wage bill in the state

He  charged the committee to work out modalities that will make it seamless for Government to implement its payment to workers.

He spoke While inaugurating the 16-man committee which has the State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Wamah as Chairman, at Government House, Umuahia on Friday.

He assured that his led government was committed to paying the new minimum wage to Abia workers.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, expressed satisfaction with the calibre of members of the Committee whom he described as people with a pedigree, integrity and experienced in labour matters, and mandated them to expedite action and submit their report on or before the 31st of December, 2019.

He used the forum to reassure workers in the state that the present administration will continue to evolve programs and policies that will ensure that workers' welfare is enhanced for optimal performance in line with his friendly disposition towards the state's workforce and called for support to enable government realize its vision for the state

Responding on behalf of other members, Wamah, thanked Ikpeazu, for finding them worthy to serve in n the committee.

He assured that they will work assiduously to come out with a favourable payment structure for the State civil servants that will also be workable for government.

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