Â By Peter Duru
MAKURDIâ€”Benue State Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, has reiterated the need for state and local governments to be fully involved in the on-going negotiations for new minimum wage for workers in the country.
He noted that it was imperative that the two tiers of government through their representatives contribute meaningfully to the negotiation for pay rise for workers in the country in order to avoid crisis at the point of implementing the new national minimum wage.
Suswam, who spoke at the All River Basin Trade Group Meeting held at the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority in Makurdi, said that the economic realities of the time entailed that every strata of government, especially the Governorsâ€™ Forum and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, played key roles in the ongoing negotiationsÂ and the endorsement of a final agreement on the new minimum wage.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Labour, Mr Buga Abuul, the Governor charged workers in the country to be hard working, saying, â€œas you demand for pay rise, it is also logical that you find ways of improving on your productivity and output in your various organisations in order to justify the demand and also save the system from collapse.â€
In his remarks, the Benue State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr Simon Anchaver, called on governments at all level in the country to embark on an aggressive resuscitation of the agricultural sector in order to boost the nationâ€™s foreign exchange earnings from the sector.