The Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio has approved N18, 900. 27 k as minimum monthly wage in the state’s Civil Service, starting from this month.
Mr. Akpabio made the announcement in Uyo on Monday when the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) paid him a solidarity visit in respect of workers day rally.
The governor said that he had set up a committee, comprising labour and government officials to look into the issue as demanded by the NLC, adding that the outcome was the signing of the agreement.
He stated 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 worker remain a major project. Your entitlement on a monthly basis is a project for the government.
“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 as a result of non-payment of salaries. ’