New Minimum Wage: Delta LG Workers, Primary School Staff lament exclusion

Local Government Workers in the 25 Local Government Councils in Delta State as


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New Minimum Wage: Delta LG Workers, Primary School Staff lament exclusion
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa

Local Government Workers in the 25 Local Government Councils in Delta State as well as academic and non academic staff in primary schools across the state, are lamenting perceived exclusion in the implementation of the new minimum wage by the state government.

Their frustration started growing Thursday January 30, when civil servants in the state government employ received their January salary, reflecting the new minimum wage / consequential adjustment and the one month arrears promised by the state government, without assurances from any quarter that they (LG workers and primary school staff would benefit from the new wage).

Checks by Fresh Angle International, revealed that the local government workers became more frustrated, Friday January 31, when some of them started receiving alerts of their old salary.

The workers who were still in shock as at the time of this report, wondered why they didn't receive the new wage after the agreement signed between the state government and Organized Labour, which includes NULGE( the local government workers union).

Though no official reason was given for exclusion of the local government workers and primary school staff from the new wage structure, snippets circulating in the social media, claim that negotiations were ongoing with the state government as regard implementation of the new minimum wage for the excluded category of workers.

It was also unclear as at the time of this report, if the financial regulation introduced by the federal government through NFIU, was responsible for the seeming cold feet of the state government towards implementing the new salary structure for the local government workers and primary school staff.

In terms of monthly allocation from the federation account, Delta State stands tall among other states with huge IGR potential as well.

Recall that the new minimum wage was signed into law April 18, 2019 and the federal government has implemented the new wage for its workforce, paying all the salary arrears effective April 18, 2019.






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Victory Ejoh
Special Duties Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper. I am a graduate of Mass Communication from Nigeria Institute of Journalism,NIJ,Lagos.
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