The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation Barr. Uchenna Orji has said that the State government has commenced the enumeration of all unemployed Ebonyi citizens in order to make them self reliant.
The Commissioner said that the enumaration would help the State government to have a comprehensive data of all the unemployed citizen and to enable it faction out ways to assist them.
Briefing journalist in Abakaliki, Barr. Orji said that in fulfilment of the State Governor’s promise to pay the new minimum wage to the state workers, workers in the state on Friday recieved the N30,000 National Minimum Wage across the 13 Council Areas of the State.
Barr Orji added that the payment of the Minimum Wage was in consonance with the agreement reached by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the State government.
According to him, the payment of the Minimum Wage to workers was in line with the Governor’s promise of improving the welfare and standard of living of workers at all levels.
The Commissioner further noted that apart from the payment of the National Minimum Wage which commenced today (yesterday), all public office holders have so far received their salaries.
“I wish to use this medium to inform the general public of the payment of Minimum wage by the State government. The government has again kept it’s promise of paying minimum wage in the country. The first to pay in the Southeast geopolitical zone.
“He has not renege in his responsibility. The government negotiated with NLC and consensus was reached. He has paid the 13 LGA and State workers. In addition to the 13 month, he paid the minimum wage. He has the welfare of workers at heart. It will spur them to work better. He is taking the lead.”
Reacting, the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Chairman in the State, Comrade Leo Nkah commended the state Governor for keeping to his promise and urged other Governors in the country to emulate Governor Umahi.
He called on the workers to shun truancy and laziness to justify the payment of the Minimum Wage adding that the union would continue encourage workers who shows committment and deligence in the discharge of their duty. Ends.