The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sir Charles Udoh has revealed that the state government is ready to pay the minimum wage of N30,000 to workers in its employ.
The State Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh stated this on Tuesday October 15, when he spoke on Planet FM in Uyo.
Sir Udoh reiterated that Akwa Ibom State has no issues with the ongoing face-off between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage, hinting that the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led government has since its first tenure, pledged his readiness to pay the minimum wage as soon as the Federal government puts in place all necessary procedures.
He noted that if there were issues with inability to pay the minimum wage, it would be states in the same political divide with the government at the centre, which are grappling at the moment with backlog of unpaid salary arrears for upwards of 5 to 7 months.
“In Akwa Ibom State, workers and pensioners receive their salaries and pensions promptly on or before the 27th of every month” the State’s spokesman emphasized, adding that Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed and true to his resolve to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage.
Sir Udoh said, it was necessary for government to plan and allocate funds to different sectors to aid the successful implementation of activities and programmes mapped out for the 2020 fiscal year.
He said, as a “Talk and Do” Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel will live up to his bidding by ensuring that programmes set out to be achieved by 2020 will create opportunities for alleviating poverty and stimulating businesses for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the state.
The Information Boss stressed that, Governor Emmanuel is gearing efforts at building a New Akwa Ibom where people will live in unity and prosperity, rising above ethnic and religious sentiments as well as political biases for a common goal of the development of Akwa Ibom.
While acknowledging that Governor Emmanuel is very passionate about the development and progress of Akwa Ibom State, Sir Charles Udoh solicited all to join hands and support the Governor as he implements his Eight Point Completion Agenda for the good of the people.