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Nigeria: I’ll Ensure Ekiti Workers Earn Living Wage
Nigerian Tribune
Stephen Gbadamosi, Ado-Ekiti

December 1, 2010
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THE Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the support of his administration for workers in the state to be paid a living wage, which would enhance their standard of living and make them contribute to the improvement of the economy of the state.

The governor, in a statement issued on Tuesday, signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Mojeed Jamiu, also promised to discuss the best approach on the proposed minimum wage with relevant stakeholders.

The stakeholders, according to him, included leaders of the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), among others.

While noting that this administration held public servants in high esteem and would do ensure the improvement of their welfare, Fayemi promised to ensure that workers in the state earn a “living wage,” not “minimum wage.”

Fayemi said he was committed to the enhancement of the welfare of not only the workers in the employ of the state, but also the entire people of the state.

He, however, promised to use his membership of the Governor’s Forum to champion a review of the revenue allocation formula, to ensure increment in the allocations accruing to states, with a view to using same to better the lots of the citizenry.

The governor said workers generally deserved to be well-remunerated for the service they rendered to Nigerians and agreed that N18,000, which amounted to about $120, was not even adequate.

“We also want to emphasise that this administration shall never be on a war path with the workers and their unions and we have no reason to do so. This state enjoys industrial peace and harmony, which we want to preserve for the benefit of all and sundry,” he said.