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Kwara signs minimum wage deal with labour

By Odun Edward, Ilorin
03 October 2021   |   4:05 am
The Kwara State Government has confirmed that payment of the minimum wage has begun since February 2021.

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

The Kwara State Government has confirmed that payment of the minimum wage has begun since February 2021.

While signing the pact with labour unions at the weekend, the state government confirmed that the payment commenced with levels 1 to 6, with the agreement that the consequential adjustment would be implemented, “as would be agreed upon by the minimum wage committee” amid ongoing negotiations between the two parties.
 
The labour unions were represented by members of their delegation, led by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) state chairman, Comrade Issa Ore, while the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare, Alhaja Afusat Afolabi signed the agreement on behalf of the Head of Service/Chairman of the Government’s Minimum Wage Committee.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; Senator Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe; and other government officials, including the Commissioner for Finance, Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi, witnessed ceremony. 
 
Other signatories are the chairman of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Saliu Suleiman; Secretary of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Joseph Tunde; and Director, Establishment, Pension and Industrial Relations/Secretary of the Government’s Minimum Wage Committee, Yusuf Ibrahim Amuda. 

“The effective date for the first phase of the new minimum wage implementation covering grade level 01-06 shall be February 1, 2021. The consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage for GL 07-17 shall be implemented by the state government across board, in accordance with relevant salary structures in the state public service and their relativity, as would be agreed upon by the Minimum Wage Committee,” the agreement read.