Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said his administration is ready to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage to its workers.
Speaking at the 2019 workers day celebration in Makurdi on Wednesday, Governor Samuel Ortom said that the government would soon meet with the labour body in the state to look into the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, Ortom, who promised said that workers’ welfare would be his utmost priority in his second tenure as the governor of Benue expressed gratitude to workers for returning him for the second time despite the nonpayment of salaries, which almost destroyed his first tenure in office.
Acknowledging that things have been rough for the civil servants because of the nonpayment of salaries Ortom, therefore, promised that he would set machinery in motion to ensure that all arrears of salaries and pensions are paid.
“We are worried that workers are being owed salaries, which has made them to fail in their responsibilities towards their families. “We are ready to correct the sore mistake of salary arrears in order to leave our footprints on the sand of Benue in 2023,” Ortom said.
In his earlier remark, the Chairman of the Benue state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Godwin Anya, who commended Benue workers for their patience even when they were being owed many months salary arrears called on Ortom to pay workers their arrears now that he has been returned for a second term, saying that it was one of his campaign promises.
He also promised workers that he would liaise with the NLC national body to ensure that their arrears were cleared, urging them to remain committed and dedicated to their duties.