Gombe State workers may be the first to enjoy the N56,000 national minimum wage if the federal government approves it.
The state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo gave the assurance at the commemoration of 2017 Workers’ Day in Gombe on Monday that his government would implement the wage.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Charles Iliya, said “As soon as the Federal Government approves the new minimum wage, our administration will implement it within the limit of our resources ”
He called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Nigerians to be resilient and support government efforts aimed at moving the country out of current economic recession.
“Our administration accords top priority to the welfare of civil servants whose selfless service contributed immensely to the socio-economy development of our dear state, ”, he said.
Aliyu Kamara, the state chairman, NLC, appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency approve the new minimum wage submitted by the technical committee.
He said that approval of the new minimum wage became necessary, considering the current economic recession and the attendant high cost of goods and services in the country.
Kamara also appealed to the state government to consider all issues presented to it during the interactive session held between labour leaders and government.