Minimum Wage By State
January 2, 2012 by staff
Minimum Wage By State, Akwa Ibom State has released N16.2 billion to settle its workers minimum wage even as labour has vowed to go on strike on Tuesday. The Governor, Godswill Akpabio, yesterday sacked his Special Adviser on Labour and Productivity Matters, Mr. Ime Umoh who labour nominated for the job.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah told journalists on Saturday that the N16.2 billion would cover arrears of the minimum wage and other entitlements from September to December 2011.
He said though salaries might have been delayed in recent months, it was not caused by the state government but by the delay in receiving the federal allocations which negotiation sometimes ran into serious hitches. Umanah, however, said what the state government was concerned about was the payment of the minimum wage, which the state government and organised labour signed an agreement on the modalities of payment, and not the bonus which the workers sometimes received as the 13th month salary. He said no worker could hold the state government to ransom on such a bonus, which could still be paid depending on the availability of funds.
He also lampooned the NLC for criticising the 2012 budget of the state for being anti-people with its lopsided allocations to capital projects leaving seemingly little for recurrent expenditure. The 2012 Appropriation Bill of N407.8 billion signed into law by Godswill Akpabio last Friday showed that the Capital Expenditure was allocated N341 billion or 80 per cent while Recurrent Expenditure was given N66.2 billion or approximately 20 per cent of the total estimate.
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