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Minimum wage: Benue says still in talks with labour

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The Benue State Government has clarified its earlier pronouncement that it approved the implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage to its workers.

The government, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Anthony Ijohor, and made available to newsmen, said negotiations between it and labour unions on implementation of the new minimum wage were yet to be concluded.

According to the SSG: “A member of the Committee on the New Minimum Wage, who posted on social media that the negotiations were concluded and approval given did so in haste and error and has since been told to retract the report.

“We wonder why the committee member rushed to the media with the report when we and labour leaders were still meeting to agree on the new minimum wage for workers of the state.

“Our administration has presented its proposal and labour leaders have given assurance that they would study the proposal and get back to government.”

Ijohor, therefore, called on the people to exercise patience, as negotiations on the new wage would soon be concluded in the best interest of all Benue people.

It would recalled that the government had on Thursday, through the Adviser to the Governor on Labour, told newsmen that state government had approved the implementation of N30, 000 to state workers.


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